Does the Olive Tree Initiative take sides?

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The Olive Tree Initiative is an educational initiative that has a policy of not making any political comments, policy claims, statements, or directives.  It is a student-directed initiative in such a manner that students of very differing biases get to express themselves and challenge others.  We make every effort to address all student concerns and our trip itinerary is informed and developed by the students with the support of faculty and staff.  We aim to communicate all narratives that make-up the current reality of the conflicts we study so that students can develop a complex knowledge-base and understanding of the nuances involved in solving them. As a purely educational initiative, OTI does not engage in advocacy or political activism, but we encourage our students to become active on their own or in the context of other organizations they maybe part of.