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‚ÄčAn update on the export ban of Palestinian goods
March 10th, 2020 11:10 am

Thank you to everyone who contacted us and who lobbied their MP with their concerns about the recent export ban on Palestinian goods. Our suppliers have confirmed that they have been able to export goods in recent days. Our container carrying new harvest olive oil has crossed the checkpoint and has now shipped from Haifa. Our Medjoul date suppliers have also succeeded in getting shipments out which is a relief; there had been a risk of missing the time specific sales peak of Ramadan.
While we are relieved, the issue remains that it is extraordinary that an entire nation’s agricultural export activity can be brought to a complete halt by another nation’s military apparatus. For that reason, we will continue working closely with Oxfam and the Fairtrade Foundation to raise this issue with government bodies asking them to defend the interests of UK bilateral trade with Palestine.
It is also a concern that the ban was under-reported in the media and, as we have seen from the clo...

Come to our Fairtrade Fortnight events! Details here...
February 19th, 2020 4:50 pm
Sun 23rd Feb. 2pm. Talk and Q&A at the Organic Lea Open Day.
Mon 24th Feb. 6pm. Delicious Palestinian food and a talk at the Finch Cafe, 142 Holloway Rd. 
Wed 26th Feb. 7pm. Singing and solidarity with Sheffield PSC. Showroom Cinema, S1 2 BX
Thurs 27th Feb. 1pm. Talk at Oxfam Superstore, Oxford, OX4 2JZ
Thurs 27th Feb. 4.30-6.30pm. Panel and Q&A at Oxford University Museum, Parks Road.
Fri 28th Feb. 4pm. Talk and Q&A at the Dublin Food Coop.
Fri 28th Feb 6.30pm. Talk and Q&A with Ireland PSC. The Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.
Sat 29th Feb. 12pm.  Brunch at Shakshuka, Dublin. Reserve a place at the table here:
Statement on the block of Palestinian products bound for export.
February 11th, 2020 3:50 pm

As a UK business which imports Palestinian produce, we are extremely concerned at the news over the weekend that Israel has imposed increased travel restrictions on trucks carrying Palestinian agricultural products bound for export.

With over 15 years’ experience of trading with Palestine, we know our suppliers and their situation well. We have been talking to them over the weekend, and they are hoping that this disruption will be temporary. However if it does continue, we will be asking the British government for guidance and support to ensure the Israeli blocks do not disrupt the growing trade between the UK and Palestine. 

During 2019, Zaytoun made sales of nearly £1.5 million to UK wholesalers and retailers. This year we expect to import and sell similar quantities of Palestinian produce, and nearly 25% of these sales are dependent on shipments of Medjoul dates arriving in time to be sold and distributed ahead of Ramadan. It is therefore imperative that trading blocks are remo...

Climate resilience and regenerative Fairtrade farming in Palestine
January 29th, 2020 12:24 pm

For Fairtrade Fortnight 2020, we are delighted to host Mohammed Ruzzi of the Palestine Fair Trade Association. In his role as manager of the PFTA, he works closely with farmers in 51 cooperatives to ensure the future of regenerative farming in Palestine. Using both old and new techniques to enrich the soil, the farmers saw an increased yield during their last harvest, at a time when they are experiencing the impact of climate change. 

We caught up with Mohammed recently to ask him more about climate change, and the role of regenerative farming for farmers under occupation in Palestine. For a chance to hear Mohammed speak, check out our Fairtrade Fortnight events around the UK and in Dublin, via our Facebook events page and on this news page.
Have the farmers with whom you work noticed any climate change patterns?
Yes, for the last few years there has been less rain – not just in Palestine but over all of the Middle East. Because of that, the productivity of the trees has de...