- Olive Trees are the symbol of peace
- It is a good productive way to bring Israelis and Palestinians together
- The picture below:
So........ without further getting into the complicated political mess - let's talk about the proposed solution: olive trees.
Olive trees take about 10 years to mature to the point that they produce olives. Olives are the main source of income for Palestinians in this part of the West Bank, so the trees are prized enormously. Also, planting them means that the land is claimed - and in some way that I don't understand - it keeps people from being able to just take their land. Check this picture out: this is a Mennonite Christian and a Muslim planting a tree together.
This is when I decided not to be a farmer, and began to wonder how in the world there was ever civilization on this land:
Here is the leader of a local mosque, beside Rabbi Yehiel - they worked together to create the event. They are both amazingly inspiring.
However - it got a bit more complicated. Apparently, soldiers had been ordered to plant some other kind of tree in the same area that we were planting - and apparently this kind of tree sucks the water and would kill the olive trees - so they pulled them out.
And sure enough - soon some soldiers were sent to check up on us. When they walked by, the mosque leader said to them 'someday i hope you put down your guns and work for peace with us' - and one replied 'i do not hope that - i am here only for the security of my country.' A feisty elderly Jewish woman next to me yelled after him 'in time you will understand!' The entire interaction was amazing to watch - there were all spectrums, all sorts of understandings of the situations - all sorts of people doing what they believed was right...