The People and the Olive: At the Starting Line

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Click on Photo for Video About the Run Across Palestine's Arrival in At-Tawani

Click on Photo for Video About the Run Across Palestine's Arrival in At-Tawani

In the second installment of “The People and the Olive” series, the runners participating in the Run Across Palestine travel south from Jerusalem to the small hillside community of At-Tuwani in the Hebron Hills of the West Bank.

On the day before the run begins, the runners plant 500 olive saplings with the villagers, and forge a bond with their welcoming hosts.

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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