The Olive Press

Spotlighting the Refugee Crisis in Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow

Oct 11, 2017

Posted in: There’s an expression in Arabic, khallyh yballt albahar, which translates to, “let him lay tiles on the seafloor,” and is usually said when someone insists on going through with a bad idea they’ve been warned against. I thought of the… Read More

The Stories Tapestries Tell

Oct 3, 2017

Posted in: Inside an embroidery workshop in the heart of the West Bank city of Ramallah, Sabah stands at the helm of an important component of Palestinian identity and history. Not only is she an instructor of Palestinian embroidery, but she’s also… Read More

Health and Power in Gaza

Sep 29, 2017

Posted in: The situation in Gaza has been calamitous and unstable for a long time, but it’s never been as bad as it is now. The electricity shortage has thoroughly affected all aspects of life, particularly in sewage and health systems. Plants… Read More

Despite Water Scarcity, a Green Summer in Jenin

Sep 14, 2017

Posted in: Is there a sight more beautiful than lush fields of green? But fields need water and in Palestine, water is both the dilemma and the solution. The scarcity of water in the West Bank, particularly, has inspired us at ANERA… Read More

Disability Won’t Stop Heba’s Dreams of Being Gaza’s Top Horse Rider

Aug 29, 2017

Posted in: Hi Heba! Can you tell us about your background? My name is Hebatallah, meaning gift from God in Arabic. I am 17 and in the 11th grade in Gaza City. I am the eldest of three sisters and one brother.… Read More

Photojournalist Mohammed Zaanoun Reflects on Gaza’s Scars and Beauty

Aug 7, 2017

Posted in: Can you tell us about yourself? My name is Mohammed Zaanoun. I am the fourth of 12 siblings. Most of us work in the media world. I was only 19 when I became a news photographer, which had been my… Read More

Syrian Refugees Receive School and Hygiene Kits


Aug 4, 2017

Posted in: In Lebanon, half of all Syrian children do not go to school. For refugee youth like Nour and Ali, school is largely inaccessible due to the cost. Now they're getting a chance to enroll in our non-formal education courses with… Read More

Spaghetti for the Soul

Jul 26, 2017

Posted in: In East Jerusalem and across the West Bank, Dar Al-Tifel Al-Arabi is known as a renowned school for girls. In the past, it was also known for its large boarding section which housed 300 orphans and other underprivileged girls. But… Read More

Gaza’s Atfaluna School Leaves No Child Behind


Jul 24, 2017

Posted in: As a group of children sit around a library table in Gaza City, the librarian starts to tell a story. “When the olive harvest season finally arrived…” “I was excited to start picking the olives,” adds one of the children.… Read More

5 Ways the Gaza Electricity Crisis Makes Life Unlivable


Jul 14, 2017

Posted in: Gaza has long suffered from a severe electricity shortage, but this summer it has reached a breaking point. Now the residents of Gaza get only two to three hours of power per day, if they get any at all. What… Read More