Few things are as fascinating as the Palestinian tree itself. It immerses the entire nation in a country and the means of subsistence lost, while serving as a powerful symbol of resistance to the encroachment of illegal settlements.
In the temperate Mediterranean climate of the Levant, for centuries the olive tree has been a major source of income for its fruit and gold.
To date, between 80,000 and 100,000 households in the Palestinian territories rely on their decisions and oil as the primary or secondary sources of income. The industry owns about 70 percent of local fruit production and contributes about 14 percent to the local economy.
It is not surprising, then, that these sturdy trees are prominent in Palestinian art and literature, even in distant lands, as symbols of deep-rooted immigration, self-sufficiency in times of crisis, and peace in the world. periods of war.
“We need the resilience of the Palestinian people, who can survive in difficult conditions,” Sliman Mansour, a Palestinian painter in Jerusalem whose art has long centered on a global body, told the Arab News.
“Just as trees can survive and take root deep in their land, so do the Palestinian people.”
Mahmoud Darwish, a famous Palestinian poet who died in 2008, spray-painted his books with references to olive groves. In his 1964 collection of poems, “The Leaves of an Olive Tree,” he wrote: “The olive is a luxuriant olive tree; The olive tree will never wither; Like a shield for the universe. ”
Such is the economic power and symbolism of the olive tree in the life of the Palestinian people that the rural communities that have cared for these plants for generations are often targeted by illegal immigrants who try to deprive families of their land and health.
Since the olive harvest began on October 12 this year, West Bank observers have reported that Israeli immigrants are attacking Palestinian villages almost daily, beating farmers, spraying crops with chemicals and uprooting hundreds of olive trees.