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A Blue Sky Day

Razor wire fencing bordering Palestinian olive trees

Picking olives overlooking the settlement

From the village of Kafr Qaddum, it was a 30 minute steep climb then descent to the farmer's trees.

For many Palestinians, the olive harvest is a major source of income. One middle aged mother working the 10 hour day consumed only tea and water. When MPT asked why she declined the prepared food, she said that she gets sick whenever she eats. She is postponing recommended hospitalization in order to help finish picking olives.

The olive trees are surrounded on three sides by various sections of the illegal Israeli settlement of Qadumim. At times the voices of playing children were heard from the settlement.

It was a beautiful day. The anticipated disruption by Israeli soldiers or settlers didn't happen on this particular day.

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