150 olive trees were planted by the farmers on Ni’lin at the end of April. As is the Palestinian way everyone gets involved. A start to what is a pretty reasonable size planting which will help by providing income for people in Ni’lin in future years. Saeed Amireh had the joy of playing ‘Santa’ delivering this green message of hope to people in the village. For our part as contributors we get to demonstrate to Palestinians that the world has not forgotten them and they are not a species of human to be targeted for extinction. The message is and will always be ‘stay human’.
No good deed goes unpunished and this is especially the case for Palestinians. Early Tuesday morning, 26 May, while the people of Ni’lin were sleeping, Israeli soldiers entered the village and set fire to olive trees located closest to the apartheid wall. In a matter of hours a whole field with dozens of olive trees of 700-900 years old, were reduced to ashes. As I remember it there were no trees with 50-100 meters of the wall. It is yet another unnecessary act to humiliate and kill the spirit of people who struggle to survive in an environment of oppression.
Try as they will, these destructive acts will not diminish Palestinians joy of life, not will they end the resolve of people to maintain what remains of their heritage.