Several IWPS team mates attended the World Social Forum-Free Palestine. Held November 28-December 1 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, this year’s Forum was historic in nature as it focused solely on Palestine.
“The olive harvest began, almost like clockwork, 2 weekends ago,” writes an IWPSer. “I arrived back from my days off in Bil’in to an empty house as everyone had miraculously disappeared into the olive groves…”
In the 2012 olive harvest season, IWPS accompanied land owners in 15 villages. See the full list, together with their neighbouring illegal Israeli settlements, here.
Denial of access, principal stand to refuse to ask the occupiers for permission to access one’s land, transportation… IWPS Team reflects on the main challenges regarding our work with Palestinian farmers during the olive harvest season.