Palestine

‘What's your name?' the children shout in an excited manner. ‘Want to play football?'

Palestine is so welcoming.

On a tour through one of the villages, the people all shout ‘hello', smile and some even invite you in for dinner. This is a far cry from the West Bank that I have seen portrayed in the news.

The cobbled walls of Palestine

This little village is home to 3800 people, many of whom have faced prison for speaking up for their rights. Having the presence of volunteers here for the olive harvest each year eases the tension from the Israeli government and reduces the people's fear.

As we are shown around before we start our olive picking the following day I feel as though I have stepped back in time. Small stone houses stand before me with the most colourful array of doors I have ever seen.

These people live in peace and rely on their olive trees and agriculture to survive but their lives are constantly threatened and their olive trees are being taken away.

The olive groves that are rapidly vanishing

They have lived this way for hundreds of years yet their mere existence is a threat to the Israeli authorities. A wall divides Palestine from Israel, and the Palestines need permission to leave.

Ironically Israelis are here to volunteer and help the Palestine families with their olive harvest as a sign of peace and respect for their community.

If this sentiment was echoed throughout the whole of the West Bank, this country would be a much more peaceful place.

Picking the olives at harvest

I travelled to Palestine with SanghaSeva who offer “Meditation in Action” retreats in India, UK and Israel-Palestine.

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