extra virgin, cold-pressed, single estate olive oil
A few years ago I was at the Beyond TV International Film Festival in Swansea. A few of the film-makers had been in Palestine filming and helping to bring in the olive harvest. They brought back with them olive oil. It was one of the best olive oils I had tasted. I always regretted I had not brought any back home with me.
Peace Oil is an olive oil from Israel. It is a high quality, single estate, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. It is produced by Druze, Jews, Arabs and Bedouin working together (but not a cooperative). The trees are in the foothills of the Carmel Mountains. The olives are cold pressed within hours of being picked.
Not cheap, but then the monies raised (it is claimed) goes to help support peace and reconciliation work in the Middle East.
Strange no fairtrade logo for all that is claimed!
I found this olive oil on sale by Card Aid in St Mary’s Church in Guildford.
The question to always ask is who profits from the occupation? Israeli and international corporations are directly involved in the occupation: in the construction of Israeli colonies and infrastructure in the occupied territories, in the settlements’ economy, in building walls and checkpoints, in the supply of specific equipment used in the control and repression of the civilian population under occupation.
I found on asking questions that it is not all these different groups working together but an Israeli farm employing Palestinians. I found a complete lack of transparency where the profits are going but I did learn a donation was made to a slimming club.
If you want to make a difference then buy fairtrade Palestinian olive oil, for example Zaytoun. If you wish to help Middle East Peace initiatives, then make a donation to FRRME.
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Zaytoun fairtrade Palestinian olive oil