THE EARTH IN Palestine is very different to Ireland. It is a rich, orange colour, which comes away easily as you dig. Having lived in Dublin all my life, I am not much of a country person – but I know the dark mud you find in the fields and bogs of this rainy country.
The soil in Palestine is physically very different, but there is one very clear similarity between the two. The deep connection between the people and the land.
I have just returned from a campaign planting olive trees in Bethlehem, Palestine as part of the Joint Advocacy Initiative. This was in solidarity with local farmers who have been cut off from their land by Israeli motorways. These motorways are for Israeli citizens only, so many Palestinian farmers must journey for miles to get to their land, which previously had been nestled in close to their village.
Katie O’Kelly is a playwright and actor, committed to creating politically relevant theatre. She participated in the Olive Tree Campaign, organised by the JointAdvocacy Initiative. Her play about Palestine will be on in The New Theatre, Temple Bar, from 2nd-7th May.