Olives and Oranges
To the Palestinians, the olive tree is sacred and blessed, and has become a national symbol. But Israel continues to uproot and destroy our olive trees in its ongoing effort to erase our heritage and our connection to the land. The famed Jaffa oranges also had filled European markets long before the creation of the State of Israel. But today, even as our oranges are described as "Israeli," we know that our Palestine will continue to be the source of giving, and our trees will continue to bear fruit, no matter what.
Tamam Al-Akhal, 2004
Tamam Al-Akhal's paintings are featured in the 2007 calendar and also available as framed prints on canvas paper at PalestineOnlineStore.com.
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