Economy of Palestinian village suffers amid conflict

NILIN, West Bank: Count the rings of the gnarled olive trees dotting Mohammed Mousa’s land in the village of Nilin: They’ve been here centuries, far before the Palestinian family’s livelihood came to depend on the whims of When Israel established a checkpoint near the Mousas’ land a decade ago, the family converted their ancestral farm into a parking lot for Palestinian workers entering Israel.

But the lot has been empty since October 7 last year, when Hamas militants attacked Israel from the Gaza Strip, and Israel, fearing more attacks, barred Palestinian workers from the West Bank from entering Israel. In the fifth month, the family is out of savings, running up debt at supermarkets, and selling heirlooms to put food on the table.