Ready, set … Run Across Palestine

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Click Photo to View Preview Video of Run Across Palestine

Click Photo to View Preview Video of Run Across Palestine

The Run Across Palestine — a project of Michigan-based On the Ground and the Palestine Fair Trade Association — began this weekend.

Between now and Feb. 8, half a dozen runners will traverse 129 miles (approximately a marathon every day) across the West Bank to raise awareness about the challenges facing Palestinian olive farmers. Along the way, they’ll interact with farmers, families, activists and curious onlookers.

Follow the Run Across Palestine through the daily web series, The People and the Olive, by UpTake journalist Jacob Wheeler and Michigan-based videographer Aaron Dennis, at

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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