Welcome to our campaign - Ahlan wa Sahlan :)
We are fundraising to plant more than 1000 olive trees in Palestine and need your help to make this possible. Olive trees are symbolic of Palestinian identity and attachment to their land, resistance and resilience.
For the last forty years, over a million olive trees and hundreds of thousands of fruit trees have been destroyed by the Israeli occupation. "Security reasons" is the justification given by the Israeli’s for the uprooting of trees, while in reality Palestinians' olive trees are destroyed for the expansion of Israeli settlements and their bypass roads, the building of the Israel's "Apartheid wall", and as a result of Israeli settlers' violence in the occupied West Bank.
This campaign will target small–scale farmers, low income families, female-headed families, and those disadvantaged from land confiscation and uprooted trees. We have a trusted team of volunteers in Palestine who take care of all the work on ground and provide regular updates on the trees planted with photos which we will share with all our supporters. The planting will be done from the end of November to March 2020.
One olive tree costs just £6 and it will help by:
- Providing food, oil and medicine for hundreds of years
- Saving Palestinian land from Israeli theft
- Assisting Palestinians, for whom this remains the main source of livelihood
Olive trees carry more than an economic significance in the lives of Palestinians. They are not just like any other trees, they are symbolic of Palestinians’ attachment to their land. Because the trees are draught-resistant and grow under poor soil conditions, they represent Palestinian resistance and resilience. The fact that olive trees live and bear fruit for thousands of years is parallel to Palestinian history and continuity on the land. Palestinians are proud of their olive trees; they take care of them with care and appreciation. Palestine has some of the world’s oldest olive trees, dating back to 4,000 years. Some families have trees that have been passed down to them for generations and the olive harvest season in October bears a socio-cultural meaning where families come together to harvest olive trees bearing in mind that their forefathers and mothers had tended to the same trees several years ago.
What better way of keeping the Palestinian struggle alive than by planting an olive tree on the blessed land of Palestine?
Baha + Shazad + Zeyn
Hussain Mohammed Shazad
Baha, Zeyn & Shazad