Holy Land Trust Olive Harvest Program is a response to the Israeli military and Israeli settler movement uprooting, poisoning and setting fire to hundreds and hundreds of olive trees each year. We organize this harvest activity as a means to stand in solidarity with the indigenous communities to stay on their lands. Because of the necessity and importance of the program, the Olive Harvest has been one of Holy Land Trust’s longest-running programs. Whether it is a day trip or a two-week trip, each year we facilitate hundreds of participants to go out with Palestinian farmers to pick their olives from their groves. Join us in the fall for this crucial activity and couple it with one of our fact-finding tours to place the olive harvest in the broader context of the Holy Land.
A brief look at the itinerary and the costs
Here is a look at a sample schedule of the Olive Harvest program. These schedules are always built in coordination with th group leader. Some groups put more of an emphasis on working directly in the communities, others invest more time in travelling and meeting with NGO’s. The choice is completely up to you. Because the situation on the ground is always so fluid, with emerging interests shifting from month to month, we customize each program to meet the realities on the ground.
Up To Date Curriculum
As the new historical evidence and research emerges, as the political dynamics on the ground and internationally shift, Holy Land Trust continues to update our curriculum to reflect these shifting relaties. We always push ourselves as an organization to shape the contours of the program make it both relevant, but progressive. But with the Olive Harvest, we also make sure to put a focus on the regional development of Israeli settlements and how that impacts the local communities.
What to expect after your Olive Harvest program?
With the amount of time you spend directly in the communities, the biggest take away is the authentic relationship you gain by living the Palestinian lifestyle. Unlike other tours that focus more ongoing form city to city, the centering of this tour on a handful of communities really creates an environment to connect in intimate ways with the families.
Your tour will result in new information and a deeper understanding of how Israel’s program of settler colonialism has manifested itself, as well as a strong critique on indigenous resistance to domination. The networks that you build through tour with other international participants, the NGO’s you meet and visit with, as well as local civic leaders on the ground in places like Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Ramallah set the table for you to stay full immersed and engaged in meaningful ways.
Explore all the historical sites and political centers of the Holy Land: Ramallah, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Hebron, Bethlehem and more!
Develop connections with the leading NGO’s that are working to create a better, sustainable future of peace and justice in the Holy Land.
Engage in over a dozen lectures that range from the themes of the Nakba to constructs of Jewish identity.
Eat all the authentic Palestinian and Israeli dishes you can handle!