Per the invitation of the Global Association of Muslim Women, APN President Razan Zuayter gave a speech via Zoom on Thursday, April 28th, 2022, in which she addressed the vision of the Arab Group for the Protection of Nature (APN) in the field of strengthening the steadfastness of the people of occupied Palestine, by reviewing the association's programs and the Million Tree Campaign (MTC), which empowers APN volunteers despite the difficulties, foremost of which are the restrictions and attacks from the occupation.
APN has so far planted 2.6 million fruitful trees in the governorates of the Palestinian territories, and has provided vegetable seedlings, wheat, sheep, bee hives, fishing nets in Gaza, and constructed agricultural water harvesting wells.
Zuayter also pointed out the effect of the fictitious "peace" and the false promises of its engineers in covering food security, citing that food security was enjoyed by Palestinians as it reached 90% in 1967, but then it plummeted down by 20% in 1993 wish was the same year the Oslo Accords were signed, and ended by sharing that nowadays food security reaches 30% in Palestine Zuayter added that if the leadership in Palestine invested in development, especially rural, and did not succumb to the dictates of financiers, it would have possessed some of its sovereign and political decision, and it would not have been forced into such humiliating agreements with the occupier of the land.
Zuayter thanked the Global Association of Muslim Women for giving her the opportunity to speak openly about APN's experience, and for focusing on the need to fill the great void in global and international forums concerned with influencing policies related to the protection of natural resources under occupation, as the presence of the other opinion in those forums is almost non-existent. Zuayter highlighted APN's documented and tangible role in inserting the word "occupation" in the most reluctant platforms to delve into the details of its impact on agriculture, the environment, poverty and hunger.