Olive Harvest 2017

OCTOBER 28 - NOVEMBER 10, 2017

This delegation is your opportunity to visit Palestine/Israel during the olive harvest season — a culturally rich and important time.

Hear from farmers and learn of the importance of agriculture to the economy and culture. Learn about threats to the environment, the exploitation of natural resources, and the struggle of Palestinian communities to maintain access to land and water.

As with all IFPB delegations, you will also meet additional Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice as well as visit many important historical sites.*

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The ground cost of $2,700 includes includes 13 days of the delegation, hotel and home stay accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, local transportation, guides, speaker/event fees, basic tips and gratuities. The cost does not include domestic and international airfare. Partial scholarships are available!

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Delegation Leaders

We pair experienced professional guides from Palestine with leading activists from North America to ensure the best possible learning experience and sustained support for delegates from the time the delegation begins until well after it formally ends. In addition to our Palestinian guide, the leadership team for for the 2017 Olive Harvest Delegation includes:

Raed Jarrar
Rae Abileah is a social change strategist, writer, and advocate for collective liberation and economic justice. She is a trainer and contributing editor at Beautiful Trouble. Rae has co-led and participated in numerous social justice delegations abroad with groups including IFPB, Global Exchange, CODEPINK, Fellowship of Reconciliation and American Jewish World Service. For nearly ten years she was a national organizer and co-director of CODEPINK Women for Peace. She graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University with a dual degree in Environmental Science and Human Rights, and was ordained as Jewish clergy by the Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute. She’s currently based in the Colorado Rockies.

Raed Jarrar
Raed Jarrar recently served as the American Friends Service Committee’s Government Relations Manager in Washington, DC. He is widely recognized as an expert on political, social, and economic developments in the Middle East, has testified in numerous Congressional hearings and briefings, and he is also a frequent guest on national and international media outlets in both Arabic and English. Born in Baghdad to an Iraqi mother and a Palestinian father, Raed Jarrar grew up in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iraq. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Baghdad, and his master's degree in architecture, with a specialty in post-war reconstruction in Iraq, from the University of Jordan


Delegation Features

Every IFPB delegation is a unique and unforgettable experience. We custom-design each itinerary, constantly adding new meetings and experiences. You can expect the following features on every delegation:

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Our Commitment to a Safe and Secure Delegation

We take the safety of IFPB delegates very seriously. Our commitment to safety and security has made more than 60 delegations possible since 2001 without a single major safety incident.

IFPB delegations seek to understand the roots of violence in Palestine/Israel, but we do not seek it out. We carefully monitor the situation on the ground and maintain regular contact with Palestinian and Israeli partners about ongoing developments; our professional guides and drivers are experts in understanding the local security situation; and our leaders are experienced and equiped to deal with any situation. Click here to read more about our commitment to a safe and secure delegation.



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Don't miss this opportunity to join the 2017 Olive Harvest Delegation. Join in a culturally rich and important time for Palestinian communities, meet Palestinians leading organic and fair trade movements, and join farmers and their families in reaping the harvest.

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* Meetings pertaining to the specific theme amount to an average of about 20% of all meetings and the overall emphasis remains with exploring the social and political realities in the region in general. Thus, any addition of a theme will not change the overall delegation itinerary greatly. Additionally, the ability to participate in the olive harvest is dependent on the stage of the olive harvest season and the weather on the ground.


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