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Fairtrade Fortnight is here! Our Fairtrade visitors were denied visas to travel - read on for how you can help lobby MPs about this issue, as well as events around the country from Fairtrade feasts, tea breaks and public talks to markets, school assemblies and seminars where we will be talking about how Fairtrade supports Palestinian community resilience. 

Fairtrade Fortnight 

We were so looking forward to welcoming Palestinian Fairtrade producer Bassema Barahmeh and Canaan Fair Trade marketing assistant Lamis Zamzam on their first visit to the UK this week for a packed schedule of talks, trainings and presentations.
The events had been organised under a SUSY-funded project highlighting the social and solidarity economy, in partnership with Think Global, Waterford One World Centre and the Cooperative College
However, at the last minute their visas have been denied on the grounds of their insufficient personal income and lack of family dependents to prove sufficient ‘ties to their home country’. 
Despite having launched their application process before Christmas, and the decision having been made on 18th January, Bassema and Lamis were told they could not be informed of the final decision until 22 February, just two days before they were due to leave on their journey. This left them with no time to submit additional paperwork in support of their claim, and means they are unable to get to talks, presentations and interviews around the UK and Ireland. 
Visits to the UK are important in strengthening the connection between customers and producers of Fairtrade Palestinian produce, and help overcome the sense of isolation felt by so many Palestinian communities under occupation.
In the spirit of solidarity, we are asking our customers and supporters to reach out and send messages of support to Lamis and Bassema on Twitter and Facebook, tagging your messages #WhyNoVisa and #VisasforFarmers and mentioning @Zaytoun_CIC so we can collate the messages.
We will also be asking you to lobby your MPs as part of a campaign to act on promises to open up Britain for trade with the rest of the world. Without visas to travel, trade is affected and British business suffers. Zaytoun is an award-winning UK social enterprise whose customers and suppliers value the personal connection they have with each other, and these relationships are doubly important for rural communities under occupation in Palestine.

Use the letter here to ask your MP to urge the Home Office to reverse the decision for Bassema and Lamis and please let us know if you get a response.
A petition to change visa rules so that they are same for Israeli and Palestinians is gaining momentum. Started by Camden Abu Dis Friendship Association, read more about it here.
All events are going ahead, with our Palestinian director Taysir Arbasi, and members of the Zaytoun team covering them. Taysir will also be visiting Hay on Wye, St Albans, Watford, Northampton, Winchester, Milton Keynes, Oxford and Dundee on a separate tour.

For information on any of the events check our Facebook events page, and also the lovely event posters we've received from local organisers.

If you're organising an event to mark the Fortnight, you can download Fairtrade Fortnight resources from the Fairtrade Foundation, and Zaytoun producer profiles from our website.

Bassema and Lamis introduce themselves to the people they would have been meeting on their Fairtrade Fortnight tour

20% off Zaytoun!

With 20% off all Zaytoun produce in Oxfam shops during Fairtrade Fortnight, it's a good time to stock up on our Fairtrade olive oil and maftoul.

You can use the filter to search for the Oxfam shops near you that sell food here

The Zaytoun Harvest Tour group 2016 in Sebastia.

Visit Palestine

A Taste of Palestine
Saturday 14 Oct – Sunday 22 Oct
In 2016 Zaytoun worked with the Amos Trust on a food based tour which involved cooking, eating and learning about Palestinian food and we are pleased to be offering this tour to you for 2017. The tour will include visits to Bethlehem, Nablus, Jerusalem, Jericho, Sebastya and Nazareth and participants will have the opportunity to learn recipes in home kitchens, sample street food, meet with farmers and help harvest their produce and wash it all down with fresh lemonade or a cold Taybeh beer. The itinerary and costs are in the process of being finalised and please do drop us an email to if you are interested.

Harvest Tour
Saturday 21 Oct – Saturday 28 Oct
Our annual harvest tour offers the opportunity to visit many of the communities who supply our products. From the date palms of Jericho to the olive groves of Jenin as well as visits to organisations who work on behalf of these communities against the injustices of the Israeli occupation.  The cost is £690, and includes all accommodation, meals, transport and guides (excludes evening meal in Jerusalem). Additional costs: Flights, travel insurance. For a booking form and more information please email

The Church Times
If you want to find out more about visiting Palestine, Malcolm Doney's account of his time on the Zaytoun & Amos 'Taste of Palestine' tour last year was in a recent edition of the Church Times.
A new recipe for Fairtrade Fortnight

February recipe

To cook up a Fairtrade Fortnight feast using our Fairtrade Zaytoun olive oil and maftoul, you can take inspiration from this recipe created by blogger, Lisa@facelessfood. She wasn't familiar with maftoul but with a little cookbook research she cooked up this delicious meal full of warming flavours. 



Zaytoun will have a stall at the opening festivities of the BBC Arabic Festival on March 24th. Register for free tickets for the week long festival here

The London Muslim Lifestyle Show returns to Olympia London for a blockbuster Easter weekend 2 day extravaganza, 15 -16th April, 10-6pm.  Zaytoun products can be found at events around the country here.

If you are running a stall, film screening or Zaytoun tasting - let us know and we'll share your news!

For information on our events check our Facebook events page, and also the lovely event posters we've received from local organisers.
Walk to Jerusalem, part or all of the way, with Amos Trust this year.

Walk to Jerusalem...

From London! The Amos Trust are now taking bookings! Leaving London in June, arriving in Jerusalem in November, you can opt for a stage or the whole walk.
Leaving Central London on June 10th following events to mark the 50 anniversary of the 6 days war and the occupation of the West Bank, the Walk will pass through London and Kent to Dover before crossing the Channel to France. From there the Walk passes through France, Switzerland, Italy, Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, then flying to Jordan and finally into Palestine!


...Or run the Bethlehem Marathon!

This 'Right to Movement' marathon was set up to raise awareness of the fact that you can't run 26 miles in the 'Little Town' without going through a checkpoint.  And Veronica, our harvest tour guide, is running the half marathon for the Amos Trust because she believes that "if you educate a girl, you educate a nation". Given how steep the hills are in Bethlehem, we are in awe of Veronica's efforts. To find out more about why Veronica - who doesn't even like running - is running in Bethlehem visit her justgiving page.

Protesters set fire to building materials as police officers moved in(BBC, Copyright AFP).

Palestine update

The beginning of the month saw the eviction of 250 settlers living in Amona, an illegal ‘outpost’ settlement, by unarmed police. However, at the same time, Israel announced plans for a further 3,000 new settler homes in the West Bank, on top of more than 11,000 more new units recently announced. In the rapid-fire politics of the new Trump era, the US said the new Israeli settlements 'may not be helpful' to peace.  And after that extraordinary press conference between the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mr Trump, the US gave another statement to say it was open to ideas. 

A petition asking the UK Government to apologise to the Palestinian people for issuing the Balfour Declaration is gathering momentum.  You can add your signature here

An amazing 13,800 olive and almond trees were planted in Palestine last month, thanks to Trees for Life sponsors. Zaytoun customers raised a fantastic £24,115 in 2016 sponsorship for these new trees. To support the planting of hope in Palestine this year, check our website .
Traidcraft is campaigning to make Brexit fair for everyone

Make or Break Brexit?

The impact of Brexit could reach far beyond the British borders, and for people who trade with us from the world’s poorest countries it could be make or break, says Traidcraft. Now is the time that we need our MPs to speak up and tell the government that Brexit should work for everyone. Email your MP now to have your say. 

Palestine vacancies

The Friends of Birzeit University (FOBZu), a UK-registered charity focused on promoting Palestinian access to education, is seeking to appoint a part-time director. In the first instance, you should contact FoBZU to find out more on

The Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI)  is looking for a part-time programme coordinator. Are you capable, flexible and enthusiastic, with knowledge of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the rights of civilians? Do you have excellent communications skills and experience of equipping and engaging supporters or volunteers to take action? If so, you should apply before 9am on Monday 6 March 2017 at

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