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Olive Picking Program 2015 | Tree Planting Program 2015
 

About our campaigns 

 

Tree Planting Campaign

Together with the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA and the YWCA of Palestine, ATG launched in 2008 a new yearly campaign, the Tree Planting Campaign. We invite you to join us in the planting season (at the end of winter) to help farmers planting olive trees. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to discover many aspects of our beautiful country.

 

Agricultural experts in the Holy Land estimate that over a million olive trees have been uprooted and destroyed by Israel since its creation in 1948. Almost half of these olive trees were uprooted during the past 7 years after the start of the 2nd Intifada (Palestinian uprising against the Israeli Military Occupation).

 

Disrespecting its religious, cultural, natural, nutritious and economic value, the olive tree has been constantly targeted by the Israeli military occupation under the guise of security, the construction of the Wall on Palestinian lands, and the expansion of Israeli – Jewish only - colonies (settlements). The destruction of olive trees has had intentional and destructive results on the lives of many Palestinian farmers, land owners and the Palestinian population in general. 

 

For these reasons and many others, the Olive Tree Campaign - Keep Hope Alive was launched in 2001 as a positive response to systematic destruction by addressing the needs of affected farmers. So far, six successful seasons of planting have helped hundreds of Palestinian farmers and land owners. Since the beginning of the campaing, JAI has used two days during the planting season to invite friends and partners to plant olive trees as a sign of solidarity with the Palestinians. Now, the planting days have been expanded to a whole week of tree planting!
 

 The annual Tree Planting program will be another exceptional event added to the annual olive picking program which is run during the olive harvest season.

It is our pleasure to invite you to be part of our mission in keeping hope alive together and to learn more about daily Palestinian life under a merciless military occupation.

 

 

 

Olive Picking Campaign

ATG and the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine (JAI) organize a yearly Olive Picking Campaign in Palestine during the olive harvest season in autum (October-November).

 

The olive harvest is an agricultural event of special significance to the Palestinian economy where all energies and efforts are mobilized. Since the beginning of the Intifada in 2000, it has been overshadowed by the Israeli policies of repression, closure, blockage of streets, confiscation of agricultural lands, as well as repeated attacks against Palestinian farmers by Israeli settlers. Now with the construction the Apartheid Wall at the expense of the agricultural lands, many farmers are separated from their lands. 

 

The campaign organized by ATG and JAI every year calls for civil international solidarity with Palestinian people and farmers. The objective of this program is to mobilize as many people as possible for olive picking, especially in areas that are situated in proximity of Israeli settlements and by-pass roads. It aims at helping affected Palestinian farmers to pick their olives - a harvest that is difficult in exposed areas without the presence of international volunteer.

 

Besides picking olives, the program will feature introductory presentations about the current situation in Palestine, the impacts of the Apartheid Wall, tours in the old city of Jerusalem and the Nativity Church in Bethlehem, a tour in Hebron, cultural evenings and social gatherings.

 

You are invited to participate in the next harvest!

 

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