Help Palestinian Farmers
Buy fair trade extra virgin olive oil from occupied Palestine.
Olives are grown and harvested by Palestinian farmers at great personal danger and cost. For most farmers olives and olive oil is their major or only source of livelihood.
The olive harvest in Palestine has become a riveting drama as international and Jewish peace activists accompany Palestinian farmers into olive groves hoping to protect them from settlers and Israeli soldiers intent on disrupting the harvest. This is a disturbing but true picture of the grave plight of Palestinians and the urgent need for international involvement in finding a just peace.
Just as important as buying olive oil is advocating to help stop the destruction of olive trees by Israeli forces. Voice your concerns to your political representatives so that they stop supporting and begin speaking out against Israel’s unjust actions.
Obstacles Facing Farmers in Palestine
Israeli policies and practices keep Palestinian farmers off their land and increase costs, making it extremely difficult to sell products in a global economy.
• Destruction of trees (cutting, burning, bulldozing) • Poisoning of soil, wells and herds
• Intimidation of farmers by settlers and army • Confiscation of land, equipment, ID cards
• Curfews imposed during key harvest periods • Permits required to tend own land
• Restricted use of water resources • Restricted enclosures around farmland
• Bypass roads, checkpoints, roadblocks
The WALL – a Real and Present Danger
Started in June 2002, the “Separation” or “Annexation” Wall has now entered its second decade of construction (expected completion 2020). The cost is estimated at almost US $2 billion. It will run a total of 708 kilometres or twice the length of the “Green Line,” the generally accepted boundary between Israel and the West Bank. When completed, 85% of the Wall will be built inside the West Bank and create an inner circle or Seam Zone which will further capture 37% of the West Bank for Israeli use and inaccessible to Palestinians. As of spring 2018 438 km or 62% have been completed with further 60 km or 8% under construction. The remaining 30% will be built by 2020.
The Wall is the single greatest threat to the livelihood of farmers and the prospects for peace. It has brought wanton destruction and unprecedented hardship as huge tracts of land, whole communities and hundreds of thousands of trees are being erased. The Wall must be dismantled if Palestinian life and economy is to recover.
Without the foundation for a viable economy, a strong and sovereign Palestine is not possible under any political configuration. The region will be locked into permanent injustice and conflict.
Segregation, Annexation and Ghettoization
The Wall is only the most recent and devastating scheme for separating Palestinians from land and livelihood. Since 1967, an estimated 1,000,000+ olive trees have been destroyed. This does not include the trees that have been made inaccessible and otherwise lost though a myriad of self-serving occupation laws and illegal practices.
The Wall alone accounts for 240,000 destroyed olive trees along its path (and it is not yet complete). A further 2,128,000 trees (twice the destruction of 45 years of occupation) will be on the “other” side of the Wall and lost to Palestinian farmers.
The Wall was ruled illegal by the International Court of Justice in July 2004. The ruling was dismissed by the governments of Canada and the U.S. The Wall is a tool of destruction and dispossession and not, as Israel claims, for security.
Facts and Impacts of the Wall
• Isolates 565 km2 between Wall and Green Line (10% of West Bank); 90,000 people in 55 communities.
• Isolates 1,555 km2 between Wall and Jordan (27% of West Bank); 42,000 people in 42 communities.
• In total, over 550,000 Palestinians are directly disadvantaged.
• Over 2,100,000 olive trees lost to farmers.
To learn more, visit stopthewall.org
Medjoul Dates are 100% Palestinian and grown, harvested, sorted, graded and packed by a Palestinian Agricultural Organization located in Area C of the Jordan Valley in Palestine.
Olive Oil Soap is made by Women’s collective according to fair trade practises in the Catholic parish of Taybeh (located on a hilltop between Jerusalem and Jericho. Full of vitamins, minerals and proteins, olive oil soap is very mild.