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Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI

Headline: ASIA/HOLY LAND – #PeacefulHarvest: World Council of Churches supports olive harvest in Palestine

Nablus – The ecumenical accompaniment program of the World Council of Churches launches a public campaign to ensure that Palestinian families can live the olive harvest season without problems, and are not affected by political or military obstacles that can make access to their olive groves difficult or impossible. In this period of the year – reads the appeal launched by the World Council – Palestinian families and members of the community, young and old, “come together in the olive groves to do hard work for days there. Your olive trees, which are sometimes several hundred years old, tell stories of perseverance and resilience”, says the appeal. “Laughter and food are shared under the trees. It is a time of joy, but also a time of struggle for many Palestinians living under Israeli occupation”. The appeal reports that often “traffic restrictions, denied access to land, demolition of agricultural buildings, construction of settlements and violent attacks and harassment by extremist settlers affect the lives of Palestinian farmers and their families”, making them even more vulnerable this year due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which are also preventing many of the Israeli and international peace activists who normally support the olive harvest in Palestine from being present.

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