Sunday, October 16, 2005
The Saga of the Olives - More ISM Fraud
Via San Diego Indymedia, I came across this suspiciously titled piece "A virtual tour of Apartheid Israel". It was not what it seemed, rather debunking this popular (and wholly untrue) myth. It is therefore highly worthwhile reading.
A subsequent off-topic comment however led me to something altogether different.
Anyone who has some time and travel ability can help Palestinians harvesting olives from their traditional olive groves.It seems, the International Solidarity Movement is organizing their 2005 Olive Harvest Campaign.
The Olive Harvest Campaign provides a wonderful opportunity to spend time with Palestinian families in their olive groves and homes.Interested in picking olives? Not so fast young Olivista...
According to the ISM site:
After a two-day training session, volunteers for the Olive Harvest Campaign will stay in Palestinian homes in West Bank communities and accompany Palestinian families to their olive groves to serve as witnesses to document and expose attacks by settlers — supported by the Israeli Army — on farmers and their families.What the? Two days of training to pick olives? Not quite... It's training to
join Palestinians in nonviolent protests throughout the West Bank against the construction of the Annexation Barrier, settlements and settlement roads.And pick some olives?
With your help and participation, we will expose the injustice of the Israeli occupation and send a message to the world that The Occupation must end and the Wall must fall!Yeah, but what about the olives?
ISM uses nonviolent, direct-action methods of resistance to confront and challenge the Israeli persecution of Palestinians.Yes yes, but what about the damned oliv...Aww forget it.
Back on the Indymedia page, a respondent argues:
As for Palestinian agriculture, we have now seen what happened to the previously massive Gaza floral industry. Witness the saga of the greenhouses and see for yourself how serious some Palestinians are about agriculture, peace or employment....And olives.