A Twitter account named Palestine Culture – which describes itself as “All about Palestine culture, follow to find beauty” – has tweeted what it claims is the world’s oldest olive tree – in “Palestine”, of course (hat tip: Jachnun Supremacist):
It turns out that, much like many other things claimed as “Palestinian”, the tree pictured is not theirs either.
It is on Crete.
The oldest olive tree in the world is located in the village of Ano Vouves of Kissamos in Chania, Crete. The ancient tree is 3000 years old, as determined by the international scientific community.
The ancient olive tree in Vouves has a trunk with a circumference of 12.5 meters (41 feet), and a diameter of 4.6 meters (15 feet). It belongs to the local tree variety of tsounati and was grafted at a height of three meters onto a wild olive tree.
Because of the grafting, its trunk has been so beautifully shaped by nature that it resembles a sculpture. In 1990, after a unanimous decision in the prefecture of Chania, the Vouves Olive Tree was declared a Natural Monument of great importance due to its status as the world’s oldest tree of its kind.
Interestingly, there is an olive tree in Bethelehem that locals claim is the oldest:
The oldest olive tree is, well, no one’s certain. But in the West Bank, folks may brag that their Al Badawi tree, in the Bethlehem district, is the oldest olive of all, at between 4,000 and 5,000 years. Greeks on the island of Crete may assure that the ancient, gnarly-trunked olive tree in Vouves is the oldest—at least 3,000 years, experts guess.
But it looks like this:
In other words, the Palestine Culture had no need to use the photo of the tree in Crete, and could simply have posted a photo of the tree in Bethlehem. Perhaps they thought the Crete tree looked more impressive. Although they might just be cretins.
I’m just surprised they didn’t use a photo of this tree, for example:
Because we know how these propagandists have a thing for Hollywood.