2016 Olive Harvest Delegation
October 24 - November 6, 2016
Read reflections from this delegation:
- 2016 Olive Harvest Delegation Home
- The Suddenness of Tears and the Power of Resilience
- Colonial Contexts: Settlements and Resistance
- The Lay of the Land and the Fruits of Harvest
The 2016 Olive Harvest Delegation focuses on the Palestinian harvest season and its deep cultural significance.
The purpose of this delegation - the 60th guided by Interfaith Peace-Builders since 2001 - is to educate North Americans about the region and deepen their understanding of its conflicts.
The delegation is sponsored by Interfaith Peace-Builders (IFPB) and the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR) and marks a more than 15 year relationship between the two organizations. IFPB was founded as a program of FOR, sent its frst official delegation in 2001 under FOR auspices, and is celebrating 15 years of delegation-based movement building.
This delegation is IFPB's 60th, successfully exposing nearly 1200 people to the daily realities facing Palestinians in their quest for justice. Click here to sign up for email updates from the delegation.
In addition to other themes, the delegation explores how Palestinian access to land and water is limited through illegal Israeli settlement infrastructure and Israeli military policy. Delegates are meeting with Palestinian groups and communities that continue to resist and organize for their rights, as well Israelis resisting militarization and working for peace with justice.
Interfaith Peace-Builders believes in the power of eye-witness experience and transformation. Given the opportunity to speak directly with Palestinians and Israelis, delegates return to the United States better informed, more energized, and with a deeper understanding of the possibilities for true justice in the Middle East.
Upon their return to the United States, delegates share their experiences with the public, the media, and their political representatives.
Use the menu at right to read Trip Reflections and view photos and videos from the delegation.
Photos from the July 2016 Delegation on
Militarization and Paths to Justice
Media interested in interviewing the participants and groups wanting information about speaking engagements should contact Interfaith Peace-Builders at media[a]ifpb.org or 415.240.4607.