A group of Israeli settlers on Saturday attacked Palestinian farmers harvesting olives outside the West Bank village of Janieh, near Ramallah, reports in Israeli and Palestinian media said.
The Palestinian Authority’s Wafa news agency said three members of the Fkheideh family were assaulted by residents of the adjacent settlement of Talmon as they tended to their family’s olive grove.
Saber Abu Fkheideh suffered a blow to the head and was taken to a Ramallah hospital in serious condition, the report said. His brother and cousin were treated for moderate injuries.
There was no immediate response from Israeli authorities.
There are some 10 million olive trees in the West Bank and the crop is a critical sector of the Palestinian economy, employing 100,000 workers and providing up to $100 million in revenue each year.
The annual olive harvest has sparked occasional violent outbursts between Israeli settlers in the West Bank and their Palestinian neighbors.