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Mamoun Derra, date farmer, in London with Zaytoun
June 24th, 2016 5:12 pm
Mamoun Derra, date farmer speaking in LondonDate farmer Mamoun Derra visited the UK this week, taking part in the UNISON conference and a briefing at the Arab-British Centre. He told us

"It's vital the UK public buy our products to help us continue to plant, farm, stay strong and face the occupation"

Premcrest are offering 20% off our 1kg and 5kg Medjoul dates, sourced from Mamoun's cooperative and others in the Jordan Valley. Perfect for #Ramadan iftar celebrations with friends and family!
Settlements and the Palestinian economy
June 20th, 2016 11:25 am
This video from Human Rights Watch clearly sets out the damage done to the Palestinian economy by businesses operating in, financing, servicing, or trading with Israeli settlements. As Palestinian farmers look across a barbed wire barrier to fertile lands they once farmed, and a Palestinian quarry owner tells us that his equipment was confiscated 3 times, Israeli settlers and their businesses benefit from tax breaks. 

Our grains have had a makeover!
June 17th, 2016 12:18 pm
Maftoul box packagingWelcome to our dressed-up duo of grains! Freekeh, a smoky spring wheat, and maftoul, a nutty large-grain kind of couscous, have had a makeover and the smart new boxes are hitting UK shop shelves now! 

We thought these products deserved more showing-off than our clear packets offered, but we've kept a window on the box so that customers can see the colour and texture of the grains. The box is sturdy as well as striking - it would make a lovely gift as part of a hamper of Palestinian products for a friend!

Find a stockist here, and more information about freekeh and maftoul on our products page. For recipes check out our page, or let us know your favourite way to cook these grains. Freekeh box packaging

Farming in Palestine's Jordan Valley
May 26th, 2016 9:13 pm

Farmers in Palestine's Jordan Valley, like Mamoun Derra, find their livelhoods and land frequently stolen by the Israeli army and the expansion of illegal settlements in the area. Homes are destroyed, agricultural pools bulldozed and land confiscated for military drills which damage the fertile soil and ruin harvests. 
The regions' 58,000 Palestinian residents live on approximately 6% of the land, while 12,000 settlers have direct access to 50% of the land and have indirect access to another 39%. While the Jordan Valley contains a third of the West Bank's underground water resources, Israeli settlers are allocated four times more water from the aquifer than Palestinians who must often pay high prices for extra water to be trucked in to irrigate their trees. 

Over 500 internal checkpoints and barriers impede Palestinian movement inside the West Bank, and Palestinians living in the Jordan Valley are essentially closed off from the rest of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, affec...