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    "BE A COMMUNITY THAT CALLS FOR WHAT IS GOOD, URGES WHAT IS RIGHT, AND FORBIDS WHAT IS WRONG..."

    QUR’AN 3:104

#BuyPalestinian  

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Did you know that only 6% of Palestinian produce is currently sold abroad. However with nearly 3 million Muslims living in the UK, our numbers and collective action has the potential to make a powerful difference.  By supporting Fairtrade Palestinian farmers it can mean they are able to work themselves out of poverty, provide for their families and build the future of Palestine!

The olive tree harvest is at the centre of Palestinian Livlihood and 80,000 families rely on it anually.  However, with 2.5 million olive trees being drestroyed and access to only 17% of water resources now over 50% of Palestinans are suffering from daily food insecurities.  

In 2014 as part of our Fairtrade in Islam initiative MADE launched the #BuyPalestinian campaign.  By encouraging Muslims in the UK to buy fairly traded Palestinian dates and other items the campaign was about providing opportunities of TRADE not just AID for Palestinians. This would ensure that Palestinians would be able help build the own sustaible economy and future. 

"Behind every Medjoul date we produce is a community and a family. Selling our dates in the UK means everything to us. It means people are listening. It means that people are celebrating our dignity and supporting our future. We are Palestine" Taysir Arbasi, Zaytoun Project Manager 

Here are some of our proud successes from our #BuyPalestinian Campaign: 

  • 15 events across the UK about the campaign and fair trade in Islam
  • Nerarly 500kg of fairly traded Palestinian dates sold during Ramadan 
  • Held the first ever Fairtrade Khutbah with over 4,000 worshippers which was broadcast on Channel S to thousands of people across Europe 
  • 6 Mosques applied for Fair Trade status as a direct result of the campaign
  • 4 Publications, including the first ever Fairtrade Khutbah template and resources on Fairtrade and Islam for Fairtrade Foundation 
  • Held the first ever Fairtrade Iftar at East London Mosque 
  • Received over 200 Pledges from people to buy both Fairtrade and Palestinian 

Muslimaat, UK have been a key supporter of the MADE shop enterprise as an extension of the #BuyPalestinian campaign.  Over 300 women attended Sense and Responsibility, the first ever ethical iftar, raising over £20,000 and leading to a further £1,000 in MADE Shop sales.  The support of Muslimaat,London has ensured that we are able to continue to support ethical businesses and enterprises in Bangladesh and Palestine transforming the lives of hundreds of families.  

Testimonals

"I enjoyed constantly learning about ethical Palestinian trade and then using that knowledge to inform people about MADE and the Buy Palestinian campaign whilst running our stals.  So overall during that process I got to take on a lot of varying responsibilities which let me develop my understanding of the campaign."                                       Ruqaiya Mian - Campaigns Intern/ Buy Palestinian Activist 

"BuyPal has been an amazing campaign to be a part of.  This year I've seen the various innovative ways through which the campaign has raised awarness about Palestinian farmers and Palestinian producers, including the discussion of a range of topics from Fairtarde to permaculture.  I've definitely learned a lot, particulary with regards to how I can raise awareness amongst my own community and social networks - that is essentially what the campaign has acheived in my eyes.  Given supporters the resources to carry on the work and continue to raise awarness."           Ayesha Tarannum, Buy Palestinian Activist 

The Future 

#BuyPalestinian is already being adopted by several organisations, including Zaytoun and Hadeel.  We hope that it grows and continues to provide an avenue for positive action that supporters Palestinian Farmers throughout Fairtrade.  

Click here to read an in-depth blog about supporting the Palestinian economy.  

Click here to find out more about trade justice 

Click here to visit the Zaytoun CIC website 

Blogs

The Muslim Power of Boycotting & Ethical Purchasing
Petitions, protests, and boycotts. Three familiar ways to support the Palestinian cause and...
Click here to read Part 1 The sound of many small feet hurrying down the cobbled street...
It's that time of year again. The best time of year, the most blessed month of the year;...
Click here to read part 2 A small child laughs as she runs down the winding roads of Jenin...
First MADE+ Talks MADE a difference!
MADE has launched its first ever series of MADE+ talks on Sunday 14 June. A day of inspiring...
East London Mosque calling to #BuyPalestinian
Muslim-led campaigning organization MADE in Europe with the support of East London Mosque...
Muslims and Fairtrade Fortnight
From the 23rd of February until the 8th March, it will be the Fairtrade Fortnight, and if...
My experience in the West Bank
The atrocities committed against Palestinians in the West Bank are well documented amongst...
#5YearsMADE Anniversary
MADE in Europe, the UK's first Muslim youth campaigns charity was hosted by the Minister for...
October 2014 celebrated the 20th anniversary of Fair Trade in the UK. The Fair Future...
Let's Talk Palestine - Trade Justice in the West Bank
On September 1st, MADE in Europe organized a MADE Café on the very topical issue of...
  A father of three, Riziq currently has 90 olive trees. Some of those inherited from...
Interview with Zaytoun founder
Zaytoun CIC is a community interest company set up in 2004 to create a market for...
With our beloved 'guest' Ramadan just around the corner, we wanted to look into the...
Trade justice in Palestine
On Tuesday 25th February, MADE in Europe hosted a roundtable discussion to tackle the issue...
Meet a Fairtrade banana farmer
MADE in Europe will be welcoming Fairtrade farmer, Alexis, to MADE cafe this Fairtrade...
It's almond season in Palestine! And to celebrate we are sharing Zaytoun's wonderful Kollaj...
"Children of Adam, We have given you garments to cover your nakedness and as adornment for...
600 Muslim schoolchildren take part in Fairtrade Fortnight
During Fairtrade Fortnight 2013, MADE in Europe teamed up with Zaytoun, to organise a tour...
Fairtrade Food for Thought
With Fairtrade fortnight fast approaching our guest blogger, Nazia Hussain, goes out to...
FairtrAID for Palestine
Salim Ahmed is one of MADE in Europe's Fair Trade Ambassadors who are working to raise...
Do you love freshly made bread, but find it hard to make? Why not try this easy to make and...
Fairtrade Date Sticky Toffee Pudding
Sarah Javaid shares her special, ethical recipe for Date Sticky Toffee Pudding - the perfect...
This Ramadan, Break the Fast with Palestinian Dates
Muslim families can make a huge difference to impoverished communities in the occupied...
MADE café - Fairtrade in Palestine
If the olive branch is a symbol of peace and love, then why are many Palestinian olive trees...

Resources

#BuyPalestinian Khutba Template
Click here to download the Friday Sermon...
Fair Trade in Islam poster
Ask your local shop or mosque to start selling...