Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Oh, by the way: Palestinians had a record olive crop in 2019

From OCHA:

Record yield reported from 2019 olive harvest

There are over 10 million olive trees in the West Bank, on which between 80,000 to 100,000 families rely for their  income, including large numbers of unskilled laborers and more than 15 per cent of working women. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the olive oil yield for the 2019 harvest, which took place between September and November, is estimated to be 27,000 tons, including some 4,200 tons of oil in Gaza: this represents an over 80 per cent increase compared to 2018.

The vast majority of the report is about how Israel is supposedly making life impossible for farmers - yet somehow they reached a new record of 27,000 tons of fruit harvested.

Also, given that there are over 10 million olive trees in the area, it shows that even if you believe their figures of some 8000 trees damaged or destroyed by "settlers" this year - a highly unlikely scenario, given how difficult it is to actually destroy an olive tree - it means that "settler damage" is minuscule, less than one tenth of one percent of all trees. Given how much time the UN and Palestinian media spends on breathless reporting of every tree supposedly attacked by Jews, it shows that the UN has little interest in actual crop yields and great interest in smearing Jews.

(h/t Irene)

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