The Olive Tree Campaign (OTC) seeks to plant and replant sponsored olive trees in areas trees have been uprooted and destroyed by the Israelis in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip or in areas where fields are threatened to be confiscated by the Israeli military Occupation, or where parts of the Israeli apartheid wall and settlements are constructed on part of the land.
Since the year 2001 Israel through its military and settlers in the West Bank and Gaza has uprooted, burnt and destroyed more than 548,000 olive trees that belong to Palestinian farmers and land owners, most of these trees have survived hundreds and thousands of years. We know that we will not replace the life of such olive trees, nor the stories and life lived around them, but we try to overcome such barbaric, irresponsible and careless practices by providing a sign of hope that future generations might than us for.
When the campaign was launched in 2002 it objective was to replant 50,000 olive trees in the Palestinian Territories through the sponsorship of individuals, YMCAs, YWCAs, churches, church related organizations, human rights organizations, as well as solidarity and advocacy groups around the world. Through replanting olive trees, Palestinians will be encouraged to keep hope alive and to reaffirm their commitment to work constructively toward peace-building.
The Campaign has an expanding network of friends and partners who have decided to join into the campaigns mission in keeping hope alive. They all work to bring about awareness about Palestine and encourage others to get involved through the sponsoring of planting of an olive tree. The campaign’s networks exist in many countries like Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, UK, Switzerland, USA, Ireland, and many others.
The annual objective of the campaign is to bring in about 350 new sponsors and to help in replanting 8,000 new olive trees each year.
So far the campaign has planted more than 80,000 olive trees in hundreds of fields in the West Bank and Gaza, many of which are already bearing fruit for the farmers and their families. The trees planted have helped the farmers to steadfast on their land and confront the unjust Israeli military practices, and more importantly, to get individuals from all over the world involved and become more aware of what is happening in Palestine.
Help Keep Hope Alive
For the amount of USD $20 you can Sponsor an olive tree. Sponsorship covers the cost of the young plant, distribution, planting and information for the farmers on the best techniques for olive tree care and production improvement. The cost also covers an official certificate, a sponsor label to be inscribed with the sponsor's name and put up in the field where his/her tree is planted and miscellaneous implementation costs of the project. Three-year old, solid, young plants, agriculture tubes are used in order to optimize survival potential as well as irrigation pipes for fields that have access to water.
Every sponsor will receive a certificate and an indication of the location of their trees. Type in your name here to find the Field location of your tree, you can also google the field location to find more information on the location. or simply write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brochures and Poster
The olive tree campaign has made brochures, posters, stickers available in several languages.
Online Promotion video
View the online promotion video on the Olive Tree Campaign: land confiscation, Campaign needs and effectiveness, interviews with farmers and Campaigners.
The Olive Tree Campaign 2005: land confiscation, Campaign needs and effectiveness, interviews with farmers and Campaigners.
To see more videos on the Olive Tree Campaign please check JAI youtube channel.
Local farmers and fields
Planting will only take place in agreement and cooperation with landowners and farmers. They are given information on the project and they participate in the planting of the trees. In addition, specialists will give them the tools necessary to ensure the best future care of their trees.
We look forward to your support in helping us KEEP HOPE ALIVE within Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank and Gaza. We also hope that your participation in this campaign will be the first step in an ongoing partnership and solidarity with the Palestinian people.
To Sponsor the Planting of an Olive Tree
For sponsors from the USA, you can sponsor the planting of olive trees by sending your donation to The Olive Tree Campaign /Keep Hope Alive – USA at The First Presbyterian Church in San Anselmo at the following address:
Attention: Rev. Walt Davis
72 Kensington Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
acc # 227
If you are in a country that is not mentioned above, please contact email@example.com for more information on how to sponsor the planting of an olive tree.