Run Across Palestine Ends, But Olive Farmers’ Struggle Continues

The Run Across Palestine — a five-day ultra-marathon across the West Bank — ended last week in Jenin. Here’s the final video in Aaron Dennis’ and Jacob Wheeler’s seven-part web series, “The People and the Olive”.

When the six U.S. runners arrived at Canaan Fair Trade headquarters on Feb. 8, they were greeted with open arms by Palestinians who want the world to know that the olive tree is a symbol of their resistance to the Israeli occupation.

Two-hundred-year-old Olive trees were dedicated to each runner. View the entire video series here. And to learn more, or to donate olive trees to Palestinian farmers, visit this website.

Jacob Wheeler

In addition to shooting videos for The UpTake, Jacob Wheeler is a contributing editor at the progressive political magazine In These Times, publishes the Glen Arbor Sun in his native Michigan, and authored "Between Light and Shadow," a recent book about the Guatemalan adoption industry. Wheeler's stories have appeared in such magazines as the Utne Reader, Earth Island Journal, Rotarian and Teaching Tolerance magazine, and newspapers including the San Francisco Chronicle and Christian Science Monitor. He speaks fluent Spanish, German and Danish.

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