Amanda Hanemaayer

Under the Tears of Olive Groves

Photo by Gary Barnes from Pexels

The olive groves flourishing in the lands surrounding Nablus, Ramallah, and Hebron mark centuries of Palestinian tradition, rooted in the principles of subsistence and reciprocity.

With the lifetime of a single olive tree spanning the equivalent of many human generations, the fruits of these groves have grown and died alongside the people who tend them and wept in parallel with those who mourn a history…