Field Reports, Occupied Territories

Thanks to all who helped make our 2018 tree planting so special!

1 Comment 11 February 2018

In the spirit of fellowship & Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish holiday for planting trees, Rabbis for Human Rights in a joint effort with Truah, donated dozens of olive saplings to Palestinian landowners from the village of Awarta on Friday February 9th.

Around twenty volunteers, including many American rabbinical students, got their hands dirty planting the trees on the privately owned lands of the Awad family of Awarta. The land we planted on is just under the Itamar settlement (visible at the top of the hill in the photos), very close to the settler owned “Givot Olam” organic farm. Over the years, Palestinians in this area have faced violence and intimidation from local extremist settlers, unfair land expulsion from the army, and on-going attempts to take-over their lands.

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After planting the trees, we all sat down together in a lovely ancient olive groove for lunch and conversation with local Palestinians including the mayor of the village. He graciously explained to us the struggle his village has faced over the years, and their wish to live in safety and quiet. He concluded by reminding us that “we are all children of Adam and Eve.”

Thank you to all who joined us for this meaningful experience! Not only did you show a different, kinder face of Judaism to our Palestinian brothers and sisters, but the trees we planted will continue to provide joy, sustenance, and a livelihood for Palestinians in generations to come.


Donate a tree! Tree planting season will continue throughout the rest of the winter, and with your help, we can donate hundreds more! All trees will be donated to Palestinians in the West Bank who have previously been victims of hate crimes by local extremist settlers, or who face ongoing threats of land grabs. $10 purchases one tree. DONATE HERE


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  1. Philip McFedries says:

    This is the face of the true Israel!

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