Fall-Winter '22 Tears of an Olive Branch
Our new FW22 collection named “Tears of an Olive Branch” draws inspiration from, and pays tribute to the olive trees of Palestine. The ancient trees native to the Mediterranean basin are an integral part of Palestinian cultural heritage, as well as a source of livelihood for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian...
Our new FW22 collection named “Tears of an Olive Branch” draws inspiration from, and pays tribute to the olive trees of Palestine. The ancient trees native to the Mediterranean basin are an integral part of Palestinian cultural heritage, as well as a source of livelihood for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian families in the occupied Palestinian territories and within the 48’ borders.
The cultivation of olive trees has been a main source of livelihood in the entire region and dates back thousands of years; the land of Palestine in particular nurtures trees that are centuries old, some of which are 800 years of age.
In the aftermath of the Arab-Israeli war in 1948 which culminated in the Nakba - nearly 750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes and lands by Israeli forces, leaving behind olive groves, among many other material and cultural belongings.
Since then, tens of thousands of olive trees have been confiscated, uprooted and displaced by the Israeli authorities. Millions of dunams of private lands were expropriated and turned into national parks or seized by West Bank settlers. In some cases, businesses owned by Israelis directly profit from harvesting olive trees that were planted and cultivated by Palestinians for hundreds of years.
Palestinian farmers in the West Bank who are still able to retain access to their groves, have been severely limited ever since the erection of the Separation Barrier on private agricultural lands and the imposition of draconian restrictions on the freedom of movement. In order to tend to their own lands, Palestinian farmers are required to acquire special permits from the Israeli Civil Administration — a dreadful and kafkaesque ordeal. It is no secret that the Israeli policy is aiming to incrementally annex the West Bank, and so the number of permits issued to Palestinians drops every year, forcing farmers to lose hold of their lands.
Unfortunately, this is only ‘the tip of the iceberg’. Many Palestinian farmers in the West Bank face reoccuring violent attacks by Israeli settlers, that terrorize local communities by setting fields ablaze, cutting down trees and commiting 'early harvest'. Many of such acts of terror; are accompanied by direct physical assaults against the farmers themselves, including against solidarity activists — Israelis and internationals, that escort Palestinian farmers and shepherds in order to document and buffer in the case of settler violence.
Such raids and attacks are recurrently backed by IDF soldiers, who guard the violent settlers and provide them with legal impunity. 92% of police investigations of hate crimes against Palestinians are closed with no indictments.
The renowned Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish wrote: “If the olive trees knew the hands that planted them, their oil would become tears” In our new collection, we wish to express our unequivocal condemnation of such crimes committed by Israeli authorities and nationalist settlers, by bringing this devastating reality into the public awareness.
The olive tree branch has since biblical times represented peace and prosperity. We at Adish believe that peace will only be achieved when full equality and freedom will be exercised, from the river to the sea. Peace is not viable as long as Palestinians suffer under an Apartheid regime.
We at Adish wish to celebrate the rich culture of Palestine and the levant region we are a part of, where people of all faiths, ethnicities and nationalities deserve equal rights to live in safety and dignity. although we cannot yet celebrate, we acknowledge the important role of Israelis to shift their own society toward acknowledging the Palestinian plight, and standing in solidarity with Palestinians facing human rights violations'.
Below is a list of organisations and grassroot movements who take action against the occupation, as well as further information about the olive harvest season and the dangers of settler violence.
‘Yesh Din’ Volunteers for Human Rights is an Israeli organization working in Israel and in the West Bank, Documenting, collecting and disseminating reliable and updated information regarding systematic human rights violations in the OPT
For further information, statistics and documentation of human rights violations regarding previous Olive harvests in Palestine are to be found in the ‘Yesh Din’ website:
Breaking the Silence
Breaking the Silence is an Israeli NGO composed of veterans of the Israeli military that have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli and international public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. The organization publishes testimonies of soldiers who took part in the daily control of the Palestinian population and provides educational tours to the West Bank. Sign up for tours on their website>>
B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories researches, documents and publishes statistics, testimonies, video footage, position papers and reports on human rights violations committed by Israel in the Occupied Territories.
Zochrot (in hebrew; Remembering) is an Israeli nonprofit organization that aims to promote awareness of the Palestinian Nakba and its ongoing manifestations, amongst Jewish Israelis. Its slogan is to “commemorate, bear witness, acknowledge, and repair”. Zochrot has developed a trilingual; GPS app called “iNakba” that allows users to locate destroyed Palestinian villages and unveil their history, and has been active in envisioning a de-colonized future between the river and the sea.
Combatants for Peace
Combatants for Peace is a non-profit, volunteer organization of ex-combatant Israelis and Palestinians, men and women, who have laid down their weapons and rejected all means of violence. We are working together to end the occupation of Palestine, bring just peace to the land, and demonstrate that Israelis and Palestinians can work and live together.
Youth Against Settlements
A Palestinian activist group based in the segregated city of Hebron that organizes actions against the Israeli occupation of Palestine through non-violent popular struggle and civil disobedience.
Youth of Sumud
A collective of Palestinians in the South Hebron Hills that believes and is committed to a peaceful popular resistance to end the Israeli occupation.
*These nonprofits and activist groups are solely recommendations, and not affiliated with Adish.