The olive tree is the symbol of peace, and of prosperity. It is plain and frugal, surviving in poor soil, lasting for thousands of years and yielding precious fruit and oil. The annual Olive Tree Planting in February is part of a programme called Keep Hope Alive. The intention is to support Palestinian farmers by protecting their land from being taken over by settlers.
The sites chosen for tree planting were strategic. The farmers are prepared, their legal ownership of the land established; the risk posed by neighbouring settlements or outposts assessed so that the most vulnerable land gains from planting; the hundreds of olive tree brought from the nursery and the group of internationals assembled to start the planting.Continue reading