Agricultural experts in the Holy Land estimate that over a million olive trees have been uprooted and destroyed by Israel since it was created in 1948. Almost half of these olive trees were uprooted since the start of the 2nd Intifada in 2000 (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 was launched in 2001 as a positive response to systematic destruction by addressing the needs of effected farmers. The Olive Tree Campaign uses the olive tree as a tool to advocate for the Palestinians right to peace with justice. So far eight successful seasons of planting have helped hundreds of Palestinian farmers and land owners, and brought awareness to an expanding international network of friends and partners about the real life of the Palestinians who have been striving for peace with justice for more than half of a century.
Since 2008, the Olive Tree Campaign - Keep Hope Alive has invited friends and partners to plant olive trees as a sign of solidarity with the Palestinians. people came from various corners of the world to show solidarity with the Palestinians and to strengthen our mission to "Keep Hope Alive" for a better future of peace with justice to the oppressed in this ongoing conflict.
Besides olive planting, the program will feature introductory presentations about the current situation in Palestine and the effects of the Apartheid Wall, tours in the old city of Jerusalem, Hebron, Bethlehem, in addition to cultural events and social gatherings.
Past programs: reports, reflections, stories and pictures
Olive Planting Program 2013
2nd - 11th February
37internal activistfrm 10 countries. Read daily reports - reflections- pictures - videos
Olive Planting Program 2012
4th - 13th February
50 international activist from 10 different countries - read Report - Reflection - see Pictures - watch Video
Olive Planting Program 2011
5th - 14th February
50 participants from 10 different countries in the world - read daily report, pictures and reflections
Olive Planting Program 2010
6th - 15th February
Olive Planting Program 2009
7th - 16th February
Olive Planting Program 2008
2nd - 11th February
Past planting days: reports, reflections, stories and pictures
Planting event for Eilert's birthday
8th, November 2007
Local and International volunteers help farmers planting olive trees in Artas
13th, April 2007
Olive Planting Day 2007 - Day two
3rd, March 2007
Olive Planting Day 2007 - Day one
3rd, February 2007