Archive for the 'Middle East' Category

03 Nov

Israel: Olives From orchard to oil

By Ofer Zemach & Ben Jacobson, A symbol of excellence, strength and purity, olive oil has long been a part of the Israeli diet. The Bible contains many references to the culinary and religious uses of the olive and its oil. In the Book of Genesis, the dove sent from the ark by Noah returned […]

24 Oct

Olive harvest sparks tensions

By Martin Patience, Before dawn, Kanaan al-Jamal, 38, hauls his two young children from their beds and along with his wife they set off to tend the olive groves close to their home. In olive groves dotted across the rolling West Bank, Palestinian farmers are preparing for the harvest: pruning the trees, collecting spoilt olives, […]

21 Oct

Left activists shield olive harvest

By Eyal Ben, photo: Dalit Shaham Ynet joins group of leftist activists who took a few days off from work to act as human shields for Palestinians during olive gathering, as well as help out with the harvest As the olive harvest in the West Bank is at its peak, so is the fear of […]

17 Oct

Peace being sown among olive trees

Jewish volunteers help Palestinians harvest crops Texts & Pictures by John Murphy, The day is hot and dusty on this West Bank hillside, but 53-year-old Fuad Amer moves with the energy of a man half his age, stripping the fruit from his olive trees in giant handfuls, plucking others from the high branches with a […]

15 Oct

British magazine buys olive trees ‘in Palestine’ for new subscribers

By Jonny Paul, The New Statesman, a respected weekly current affairs magazine, is offering readers the chance to sponsor “the planting of three new olive trees in Palestine,” as incentive to take out a subscription to the magazine. Those who participate in the offer will receive a certificate to mark support for the campaign, and […]