Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

[Palestine] Join the JAI-ATG Olive Picking Program 2013

A program for Civil International Solidarity with Palestinians

19th – 28th October, 2013

The JAI together with the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG) are organizing the 10th annual Olive Picking Program of 2013. This agricultural event is of special significance to the Palestinian economy when all energies and efforts are mobilized..

Read about:

The JAI Olive Tree Campaign.
The Olive Picking Program and last years’ programs’ reports.
Reported attacks on farmers and land in Palestine.
Attacks on Olive Tree Campaign’ planted fields.

Besides picking olives, the program will feature introductory presentations about the organizing institutions, the current situation in Palestine and the effect of the Apartheid Wall, tours in the old city of Jerusalem and the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, a tour of Hebron, cultural evenings and social gatherings.

Proposed daily schedule (subjected to minor changes)

Saturday, Oct 19, Day 1: Arrival. Meeting representatives from the organizing institutions for an overview and discussion of the program.

Sunday, Oct 20, Day 2: Half day picking olives at a selected field.
After lunch, political tour and sightseeing in Bethlehem, including the visit of a refugee camp. Dinner, followed by screening of a documentary at Jadal / Alternative Information Center (AIC).
Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Monday, Oct 21, Day 3: Half day picking olives at a selected field, followed by lunch.
Meeting at The Applied Research Institute Jerusalem (ARIJ) for a presentation on the Apartheid Wall and land confiscation. Visiting an olive press
Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Tuesday, Oct 22, Day 4: Tour in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Lunch, followed by a settlement tour around Jerusalem with the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).
Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Wednesday, Oct 23, Day 5: free day.

Thursday, Oct 24, Day 6: A tour in the old city of Hebron. Visiting the Ibrahimi Mosque. Meeting with the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee (HRC) for a presentation about the situation in Hebron. Lunch. Visiting a glass factory. Free time
Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Friday, Oct 25, Day 7: a full day of picking olives at a selected field, lunch included.
Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Saturday, Oct 26, Day 8: Half day picking olives at a selected field, followed by a presentation on the refugee questions with BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugees’ Rights. Dinner and Overnight in Bethlehem.

Sunday, Oct 27, Day 9: Half day picking olives at a field. Lunch.
Evaluation meeting with institutions’ representatives, followed by a musical evening. Overnight in Bethlehem.

Monday, Oct 28, Day 10: Departure

It is our pleasure that people are taking part in our mission in Keeping Hope Alive together and to learn more about daily Palestinian life under a merciless military occupation.

See also:

An Olive Tree Campaign promotion video.

More Information:

The cost of the program including accommodation in a double room, meals, guides, local transportation and other relevant expenses is $650.
Accommodation can be arranged at a hotel or with a local family.
A tour guide will be present with the group at all times for facilitation purposes.
Travel from and to the airport is not included in the cost but can be arranged for groups.

For any other information, questions, concerns, or to request a registration form, please contact:

Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA and the YWCA of Palestine, campaigns officer, via email at: or by phone at (+970) 2 2774540.

Alternative Tourism Group, program coordinator, via email at: or by phone at (+970) 2 2772151

We hope to have you with us!

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