Last week I had a very fun interview with Palestine Note, I spoke with Sarah from DC. From time to time I write in Palestine Note and they decided to have a feature on Under My Olive Tree, you can read the report here (Palestinian activist in Jordan uses social media for social justice)
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Under My Olive Tree (UMOT) discusses everything from politics to activism events to volunteer opportunities to fundraising for individuals in need.
As for UMOT’s name, Dahmash said it is a name “that defines my character as someone originally from Palestine,” he said referencing the importance of olive trees in Palestinian society. UMOT describes olive trees as symbols of “peace and coexistence,” important to the entire Levant region.
Dahmash started the blog to talk about politics, Middle East policy, and anything having to do with the social community in Jordan, where he lives. But the site gradually gave way to social activism, especially once Israel’s war on Gaza began in 2008. The 22-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip in December 2008 and January 2009 killed roughly 1,400 Palestinians.
Once UMOT took its turn toward social activism, Dahmash started posting more about volunteer possibilities and social issues involving Jordanians and Palestinian refugee communities in Jordan. He announced on the blog donation drives and calls for volunteers as well as workshops and sporting events. He also began posting causes – persons or communities in need.