VISIT PALESTINE

The “Harvest Tour” offers customers the chance to visit many of the communities who supply our products, from Nablus soap-makers to olive farmers in Jenin, as well as some support and advocacy organisations who work on behalf of these communities against the injustices of the Israeli occupation. Often the trip ends with a harvest celebration in Jenin, including traditional Palestinian food and dance. Accommodation for the week’s trip is in local hotels or with farmers’ families.
The “Olive Picking Trip” is a chance for volunteers to work for a fortnight alongside the olive farmers in the groves and enable them to bring their valuable harvest home. Zaytoun works with the Friends of Madama and Burin to coordinate the teams’ placement within different villages in the Salfit and Nablus areas. All volunteers complete an initial application form, followed by a telephone interview and a training and assessment weekend in Britain before acceptance onto the team.

 

BOOKING INFORMATION

THE OLIVE PICKING TRIP

Every year, Zaytoun and the Friends of Madama and Burin coordinate a team of volunteers to go out and help Palestinian farmers bring their valuable olive harvest home.

In the UK we ask interested volunteers to complete an application form which is followed up by a phone interview. A training weekend is organised by the Friends of Madama and Burin where the team discuss the practice of non-violence in the specific context of Palestine as well as the cultural issues involved. We also arrange a debriefing get together back in the UK.

Volunteers need to be fit: expect to walk up to 10 km a day over steep rough terrain and live in very basic conditions. We accompany the farmers for two weeks, working a full day from early morning until sunset, with the weekend free.

This work offers protective presence and solidarity with the farming communities who are most at risk from settler and army violence in the West Bank. Both settler harassment and the military closure of their olive groves and routes to and from the fields, create severe problems for farming families in bringing their crop home.

For the last few years we have been part of the ‘Protection Cluster’ in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. This is coordinated by OHCHR (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) to monitor the various groups operating in the territories during the harvest. We are asked to register all settler activity that we observe during our stay.

The information is collated to provide statistical evidence of Palestinian harassment, in particular settler violence and the lack of law enforcement and accountability by Israeli authorities.

Participation in the harvest is often life-changing. The opportunity to witness at first-hand the conditions for farming communities in the occupied West Bank enables better campaigning against the injustices and an understanding of the value of olive oil in the fragile Palestinian economy. Just as importantly, however, are the personal friendships struck up by our visits. Personal connections with the producers of the olive oil bring authenticity and passion to the articles and talks we make on our return home.

Here you will find some journal entries and photographs from past team members. We welcome applications from people of all ages, backgrounds and with differing levels of experience in NVDA and the Palestinian context.

 

Please email us at harvest@zaytoun.org if you are interested in joining us in 2017 for two weeks of the harvest in Palestinian olive groves.

Every year, Zaytoun and The Olive Harvest Trust coordinate a team of volunteers to go out and help Palestinian farmers bring their valuable olive harvest home.

In the UK we ask interested volunteers to complete an application form which is followed up by a phone interview. A training weekend is organised by the Trust where the team discuss the practice of non-violence in the specific context of Palestine as well as the cultural issues involved. We also arrange a debriefing get together back in the UK.

Volunteers need to be fit: expect to walk up to 10 km a day over steep rough terrain and live in very basic conditions. We accompany the farmers for two weeks, working a full day from early morning until sunset, with the weekend free.

This work offers protective presence and solidarity with the farming communities who are most at risk from settler and army violence in the West Bank. Both settler harassment and the military closure of their olive groves and routes to and from the fields, create severe problems for farming families in bringing their crop home.

For the last few years we have been part of the ‘Protection Cluster’ in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. This is coordinated by OHCHR (United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights) to monitor the various groups operating in the territories during the harvest. We are asked to register all settler activity that we observe during our stay.

The information is collated to provide statistical evidence of Palestinian harassment, in particular settler violence and the lack of law enforcement and accountability by Israeli authorities.

Participation in the harvest is often life-changing. The opportunity to witness at first-hand the conditions for farming communities in the occupied West Bank enables better campaigning against the injustices and an understanding of the value of olive oil in the fragile Palestinian economy. Just as importantly, however, are the personal friendships struck up by our visits. Personal connections with the producers of the olive oil bring authenticity and passion to the articles and talks we make on our return home.

Here you will find some journal entries and photographs from past team members. We welcome applications from people of all ages, backgrounds and with differing levels of experience in NVDA and the Palestinian context.

 

The 2015 trip is now full. Please email us at harvest@zaytoun.org if you are interested in joining us in 2016 for two weeks of the harvest in Palestinian olive groves.

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