Photos: Images of olive harvest in Palestine

Every year, EAPPI joins Palestinian farmers in the olive harvest.  Our protective presence helps farmers access lands near settlements or in areas cut off by the wall and also helps deter acts of Israeli settler violence against Palestinians and their olive trees.

In this photo essay, we show various views of olive harvest in Palestine.

Resources of the Month – October’s Olive Harvest

We’re starting a new series here on the EAPPI blog.  Many of you are working for change and promoting just peace in Israel/Palestine. Whether it be presentations, articles, letters, or meeting with policy makers, you need solid resources.

olive harvest in faroun, tulkarmEach month, we’ll present a few good resources that you can use to get the facts straight and are relevant for today.

Since the olive harvest is in full-swing here in Palestine, here are 5 resources about the importance of the olive harvest and the impact of the Israeli occupation on olive farmers.

  1. Although its a few years old, Oxfam’s The Road to Olive Farming is still one of the strongest resources on the Olive Harvest.  It not only details the importance of olive farming in Palestine and the difficulties occupation poses to olive farmers, but it also explores ways to unlock the olive market and gives recommendations to the PA, Israeli government, the international community, donors, and local and international NGO’s.
  2. This year’s fact sheet hasn’t come out yet, but UNOCHA’s 2012 Olive Harvest Factsheet is a great resource for quick and easy facts for use in your advocacy.
  3. Everybody loves videos! UNOCHA also has a film that illustrates the Olive Harvest in the Northern West Bank.
  4. If you or your audience are visual learners, check out Visualizing Palestine’s Olive Harvest infographic:UPROOTED.
  5. Personal stories always strengthen your advocacy.  Use The Case of Al Mughayyir Village or EAPPI’s eyewitness accounts of the Olive Harvest.

What other resources or stories do you have about the Olive Harvest in Palestine?

70 olive trees destroyed during olive harvest

On October 13 at 3:00 am, Israeli settlers cut down 70 olive trees belonging to Palestinians in the village of Qaryut.

“The trees are a very important income for us,” described Wsafe Jeaber, one of the Qaryut residents, “You don’t know how much I cried when I saw the trees; only wood and no olives. These trees feed me, my husband and three children.”

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that the olive industry makes up 14% of the agricultural income for Palestine and supports the livelihoods of approximately 80,000 families.