Today, the olive harvest provides Palestinian farmers with anywhere between 25 to 50 percent of their annual income, and as the economic crisis deepens, the harvest provides for many their basic means of survival.
But despite the hardships, it is the festivities and traditions that accompany the weeks of harvesting that have held Palestinian communities together and are, in fact, a demonstration of their ownership of the land that no occupation can extinguish except by the annihilation of Palestinian society itself.
This beautiful cement city houses 400, 000 on the West Bank.
for thousands of years. For long will they be able to continue?
that planted them,
their oil would have become tears ..."
 Applied Research Institute of Jerusalem (ARIJ), "Olive Harvest in Palestine. Another Season, Another Anguish," November 2004.
 Canaan Fair Trade, www.olivecoop.com/Canaan.html.
 OXFAM, "Forgotten Villages: Struggling to survive under closure in the West Bank," September 2002, p. 21.
 ARIJ, "Olive Harvest in Palestine. Another Season, Another Anguish," November 2004.
 UN Report of the Special Committee to investigate Israeli Practices affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and other Arabs of the Occupied Territories, No. 40, September 2005.
 Atyaf Alwazir, "Uprooting Olive trees in Palestine," Inventory of Conflict and Environment(ICE), Case Number: 110, American University, November 2002.