"To very smart people who study a lot, Edward Said is the ‘father of postcolonial studies’ or, as he told me once when he insisted I was wasting my college education by taking a course on postmodernism and I told him he didn’t even know what it was:
"I’ve got a whole stack of books in my cart. Most of them are advance copies. I know a place where they get thrown out."
“How many books have you read?”
“So why are you homeless?”
“I’ve tried to work a job a bunch of times. But then I get sad, and then I get high, and things fall apart.”
We worked with families in several villages near the settlements. It happens that the settlers attack families (one woman was attacked while breast-feeding her baby) and often they destroy the trees at night.
Olive trees are very important for Palestinians, and it’s important to harvest them, because if they aren’t, it’s easier for Israel to annex the land. So picking olives is a form of resistance.