Palestine: Olive Picking QV01

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Join the Olive picking in Palestine as a sign of solidarity with the Palestinian people. This is a good way to help and at the same time get to know the country and its people.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Beit Sahour, Palestine
End Location: Beit Sahour, Palestine
Accommodation: Hotels and homestays
Period: 15 October 2011
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

About The Operator

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Years In Business: 16

For the past 7 years, we and the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA and YWCA of Palestine (JAI) have been organizing an annual olive picking program in Palestine; a special event where support for Palestinian farmers is provided as well as granting an opportunity to people from around the world to experience Palestine under the Israeli military occupation.

Since the year 2000, the olive harvest has been overshadowed by the Israeli policies of repression, closure, blockage of streets, confiscation of agricultural lands, as well as repeated attacks against Palestinian farmers by Israeli settlers and military. Now with the construction the Apartheid Wall and the continuous expansion of Israeli settlements at the expense of agricultural land in the occupied Palestine, many farmers are separated from their trees, and help is most needed.

Buildings on experience from previous years, the JAI and the ATG have planned a program for civil international solidarity with Palestinian people and farmers. The objective of this program is to mobilize as many people as possible for olive picking, especially in areas that are situated in proximity to Israeli settlements and bypass roads, in order to help Palestinian farmers harvest their olive trees which they might be unable to do without international support. Also, the event has brought up awareness to hundreds of people from many countries around the world about real life under the Israeli Military Occupation, and the experience itself was referred to by several participants as a life changing one.

Besides picking olives, the program will feature introductory presentations about the organizing institutions, the current situation in Palestine and the effect of the Apartheid Wall, tours in the old city of Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, a tour of Hebron, cultural evenings and social gatherings.


A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

- The cost of the program including accommodation in a double room, meals, guides, local transportation and other relevant expenses is $650.
- Accommodation can be arranged at a hotel or with a local family.
- A tour guide will be present with the group at all times for facilitation purposes.
- Travel from and to the airport is not included in the cost but can be arranged for groups.

- Flights, insurance

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Day 01. Saturday 15/10/2011: Arrival. Meeting representatives from the organizing institutions for an overview and discussion of the program. Dinner and overnight in Beit Sahour (near Bethlehem)
Day 02. Sunday 16/10/2011: Half day picking olives at a selected field. After lunch, political tour and sightseeing in Bethlehem, including the visit of a refugee camp. Dinner, followed by screening of a documentary at Jadal / Alternative Information Center (AIC) Dinner and overnight in Beit Sahour
Day 03. Monday 17/10/2011: Half day picking olives at a selected field, followed by lunch. Meeting at The Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ) for a presentation on the Apartheid Wall and land confiscation. Visiting an olive press Dinner and overnight in Beit Sahour
Day 04. Tuesday 18/10/2011: Tour in the Old City of Jerusalem. Lunch, followed by a settlement tour around Jerusalem with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). Dinner and overnight in Beit Sahour
Day 05. Wednesday 19/10/2011: free day
Day 06. Thursday: 20/10/2011: A tour in the old city of Hebron. Visiting the Ibrahimi Mosque. Meeting with the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) for a presentation about the situation in Hebron. Lunch. Visiting a glass factory. Free time Dinner and overnight in Beit Sahour
Day 07. Friday 21/10/2011: a full day of picking olives at a selected field, lunch included. Dinner and overnight in Beit Sahour
Day 08. Saturday 22/10/2011: Half day picking olives at a selected field. Dinner followed by a presentation on the refugee questions with BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugees' Rights Dinner and overnight in Beit Sahour
Day 09. Sunday 23/10/2011: Half day picking olives at a field. Lunch Evaluation meeting followed by a musical evening. Overnight in Beit Sahour
Day 10. Monday 24/10/2011: departure.