“For a colonized people the most essential value, because the most concrete, is first and foremost the land: the land which will bring them bread and, above all, dignity.”
The oft-repeated quote of the famous philosopher, writer, and psychologist Frantz Fanon, echoes through all of our minds as the indigenous struggle continues all across the globe, from Standing Rock to Umm Al Hiran to Western Sahara. Of course the indigenous have an inherent connection to the land on which their society has lived for hundreds of years. This connection, despite colonial powers best attempts to sever it, is more powerful than the weapons of oppressive forces will ever be.
The olive tree is often the most stark and poignant symbol of Palestinian indigeneity; its roots sink deep into the land, and its trunk sturdy and unmovable. Israel, who so fervently perpetuates a claim to the land, destroys these trees with ease (and often plants environmentally-disastrous, non-indigenous trees in their place), laying bare their settler-colonial apparatus. For Palestinians, doing any harm to these trees is unthinkable. They are a part of our lifeblood. They are inherent in our struggle.
The fight to establish Palestinian indigeneity has thankfully dissipated–we are no longer in a place where we have to convince the world that we exist. Our struggle now is to continue existing, resisting, and fighting for liberation. The US Campaign has partnered with the Palestinian Fair Trade Association to help them plant over 1,400 olive trees, so that Palestinian families can replant destroyed trees, farmers can continue their work, and connection with the land continues unabated.
Will you give today to help us plant trees for Palestinian families? For every $25 you donate to support the US Campaign, we will plant an olive tree in Palestine. Donate $100 and we will plant five trees. This money is both a fundraiser for us and for the Palestinian Fair Trade Association, with whom we partner.
We have raised enough money to plant 1,019 trees in Palestine. Can you help us hit our goal of 1,400 trees before the end of the year? We’re so close!
Government Affairs Associate
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