October 15th, 2009
This month, Palestinian farmers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank will brave Israeli army checkpoints and curfews, apartheid fences and walls, and likely attacks by Israeli settlers simply to harvest their olives trees. As we feared, Stop the Wall reports that Israeli settlers hacked down 190 olive trees this month in Deir 'Ammar, and the Friends of Freedom and Justice in Bilin report that Israeli soldiers prevented farmers from harvesting their olive trees.
For centuries, these olive trees have formed the backbone of Palestinian agriculture. Yet as this 9-minute documentary below shows, as part of its illegal military occupation, Israel has systematically uprooted these Palestinian olive trees by the thousands to clear land for illegal Israeli settlements, apartheid fences and walls, and to dispossess Palestinian farmers of their lands and livelihoods.
Click on the picture above to watch the documentary.
You can help Palestinian farmers remain steadfast on their land and non-violently resist Israeli occupation by donating money to replant an olive tree. The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is proud to partner with Zatoun and its Trees for Life program to replant olive trees in Palestine.
For every $25 tax-deductible contribution you make to support the work of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, we will replant one olive tree in Palestine. Donate $100 and we will replant five trees. Make your tax-deductible contribution today by clicking here.
Click here to make your donation.
After making your donation, the US Campaign and Zatoun will send you via email a certificate of replanting suitable for framing. You can replant a tree in your name or in honor or memory of a loved one. Just let us know how you'd like the certificate to read when you make your donation. (Please allow two weeks for us to get you your certificate.)
We've set an ambitious goal of raising enough money this month to replant 500 olive trees in Palestine. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we are more than 1/2 way to our goal. Can you please help us to reach this goal today by making your tax-deductible donation to the US Campaign by clicking here?
Remember that it is our tax-payer dollars, in the form of nearly $3 billion per year in military aid to Israel, that are financing the Israeli army's purchase of Caterpillar bulldozers and backhoes used to uproot these olive trees. Please make your tax-deductible contribution to the US Campaign today so that we can both help replant olive trees and continue our work to end U.S. support for these and other Israeli human rights abuses against Palestinians. Make your tax-deductible donation today by clicking here.
Thank you for your generous support.
PS: If you'd prefer to make a tax-deductible donation to this campaign via a method other than Pay Pal, please call our office at 202-332-0994 to donate via credit card. You can also send a check to: US Campaign, PO Box 21539, Washington, DC 20009. Be sure to indicate that your donation is for our replanting olive trees campaign and the name of the person you'd like the trees to be planted in honor or memory of.
PPS: If you'd like to make an on-line donation of less than $25 to support our work, please click here.