Planting Olive Groves
Combatants for Peace Activists regularly engage in olive tree planting with local Palestinian Communities in the West Bank. The southern group in Combatants for Peace held two joint actions with US based organization “Rabbis for Human rights” and planted olive trees on lands owned by Palestinian farmers from the village of Um al-Khier in Yatta area, southern West Bank. The military came and uprooted the young olive trees the activists had planted, and so the activists came back later to re-plant the trees again. The villages we target are in C area, and part of a larger area in the south Hebron hills where the local people are being pushed out by the settlers. On December 31st, 2018 the Israeli army uprooted 120 olive trees in and around another village in the South Hebron Hills. Our activists again came out to re-plant them. Our actions are aimed at supporting the steadfastness of Palestinian farmers facing settlement expansion on their land. The Israeli military also intends to confiscate (without compensation) private land near the settlement of Etzion, which is owned by the Aby Ayyash family. We went to the land to plant olive trees there, in support of the family. When the the Settlers and the Army destroy – we rebuild. When they offer destruction and ruin, we offer a common future and the building of a life together. Together, There Is Another Way.