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A Tree Grows in Palestine

Image: David Kattenburg: Heading Down to see a big old tree. Used with permission.

Today's rabble doc is about a tree. A 5,000-year-old tree in the Israeli occupied West Bank. But what you'll hear isn't just about a tree. It's about a town, a community and the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and features first hand account of lives under siege.

Tourists come to Al-Walaja from around the world, or from nearby Bethlehem, to enjoy the lovely surrounding landscape. A huge, gnarly olive tree, reputedly over 5,000 years old, is a big draw. For political tourists, Israel’s imposing and highly illegal security barrier, soon to enclose little Al-Walaja in a sort of a cage, is a must-see.

David toured Al-Walaja in the company of a congenial guy named Baha Hilo in June 2017. The history Baha shared is the story of the Palestinian people in microcosm.

David Kattenburg is one of this country's most prolific independent audio documentary producers. His online news magazine, The Green Planet Monitor, covers a wide range of social justice issues from around the world. Of all the stories Dave reports on, Palestine is one of his main areas of focus. He tries to do stories from there every year, most recently just a couple of months ago.

"A Tree Grows in Palestine" is from his most recent trip in June 2017.

David Kattenburg is the publisher of the online newsmagazine The Green Planet Monitor. You can read the print version of "A Tree Grows in Palestine" here.

Image: David Kattenburg: Heading Down to see a big old tree. Used with permission.

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