More Than Just a Symbol of Peace
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.