The olive tree, symbol of Palestine and mute victim of Israel’s war on Gaza

Amer, Ruwaida
Date Written:  2024-01-22
Publisher:  Al Jazeera
Year Published:  2024
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX25027

The loss of these steadfast companions has left deep scars on the hearts of many Palestinians in Gaza.



Gaza is under a brutal Israeli bombardment and siege that has displaced most of its population and at the same time prevented fuel, gas for stoves, and other essentials from entering.

In the midst of human misery and crisis, a series of other tragedies have unfolded as families are forced to destroy their trees in order to have firewood for survival.

To have to destroy one’s own olive trees, one of the most enduring symbols of Palestine, is a wound that cuts deep and has left different-shaped scars in the hearts of the people who spoke to Al Jazeera.

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