The importance of the olive tree for Palestinians can never be underestimated. More than just an ancient symbol of peace, the
olive tree is an essential component of the Palestinian economy. To date, according to MIFTAH’s Facts and Figures, Israeli
occupation forces and settlers have uprooted an estimated 118,774,2 trees. This practice not only represents a grave violation of
the fourth Geneva Convention (which regulates the behavior of the occupying power vis-à-vis the occupied), it is also one of the
main causes for the prevailing mood of animosity.