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International - Event Notice
Thursday January 01 1970
Olive Harvest in Palestine
international | anti-war / imperialism | event notice Thursday March 19, 2020 21:46 by Paul - To Be There visitpalestine at yahoo dot co dot uk Old City Street Beit Sahour Opposite Municipality Singer Cafe Bethlehem Palestine 05-99929989
Olive harvest program 24th October 2020 - 1st November 2020
The olive harvest time in Palestine is a wonderful time for a visit. The trees are full of ripe olives and in solidarity with the Palestinian land owners we will be part of this traditional experience. You can either climb a tree or work down on the ground. We collect the olives on the tarps and then in buckets and bags. We will have traditional Palestinian lunch on the fields and we will visit an olive press. Besides volunteering on the land you will have the chance to discover Palestine and travel around with your guide Baha, to understand the reality of the geo-political situation. There are excursions to Bethlehem, Jerusalem and Lifta, Hebron and the South Hebron hills, Ramallah (the Arafat Museum) and Nabi Saleh, known for its continuous non violent resistance.
The olive harvest season that was once a safe and joyful time has become a stark reminder of the reality of the occupation, land theft and destruction which the people of Palestine face every day. During this season Israeli attacks on farmers and trees increases. Families separated from their olive groves by the Wall, settlements, settler ‘only’ roads, and military security zones are stark reminders of their loss and the force used to remove them from their land, up root their trees and orchards and wipe out their presence and identity. The olive tree planting and the olive harvest seasons are ideal opportunities for people from around the world to visit Palestine, stand in solidarity with its people, and help to secure the land and its resources and bounty for future generations of Palestinians.