In the village of al-Walajeh stands the oldest tree in Palestine, the al-Bedawi tree. Tradition holds that the olive tree is thousands of years old, and received its name because the great Sufi sheikh Ahmad al-Bedawi rested under its branches. And while heritage such as trees is often overlooked by the international community, the tree is considered holy to Palestinians. Trees are also among the most vulnerable heritage sites. Today, the tree is protected by Salah Abu-Ali, the guardian of the tree. He insists that as the “servant of the tree” as he calls himself, his most important job is not to water the tree or welcome guests, but to have a personal relationship with the tree. “The most important thing is to love her,” he insists. “You must even hug her.”