This Ramadan we invite you to break your fast with Medjoul dates from Palestine, to show solidarity with Palestinian farming communities.
Our Medjoul dates are ethically sourced from Palestinian-owned farms in Jericho. They boast a luxurious, succulent texture and a caramel flavour which makes them ideal for breaking your fast.
Fair trade provides a vital source of income for Palestinian growers in the Jordan Valley. For these growers, finding a market for their produce supports them to retain their lands. Their livelihood and land are under daily threat from a military occupation and expanding illegal settlements.
Latest update from the West Bank January 2024
In the aftermath of the events on October 7th, the West Bank has been profoundly affected by violence and restrictions, impacting every aspect of daily life as well as agriculture and trade.
Medjoul date growers and suppliers are a crucial part of the agricultural sector and the Palestinian economy as a whole. They have been grappling with significant challenges mainly due to the lack of security on roads, marked by increasing checkpoints, roadblocks, and threats from both settlers and occupation forces. This has meant that many have been unable to reach their place of work or have had to stay at home from fear of attacks. Many of the factory workers, especially on the sorting and packing lines, are women, who feel especially vulnerable, and have to make the choice to either stay at home or find overnight accommodation near their place of work, away from their children and families for days at a time.
The lack of staff has led to delays in processing some of the fruit and in some cases has resulted in the degradation of fruit which does not impact its flavour, but does affect its appearance and could shorten its shelf life thereby eroding the overall value of the crop.
The plight of growers and traders has been further badly affected by the prevention of any date sales to Gaza. This market not only represented economic opportunities but also served as a vital connection to fellow Palestinians in need of essential food supplies.
Here at Zaytoun we are determined to continue to support the growers, producers, and workers, along with their families and communities, who depend on this special Palestinian crop.
Your ethical buying choices contribute to sustaining these communities during these challenging times.
Agriculture is the best way for us to keep this land, to preserve it, and to preserve its identityMomen Sinokrot, Pal Gardens
Why choose Zaytoun Medjoul dates?
Zaytoun was founded in 2004 to support the resilience of Palestinian producing communities through fair trade. We reinvest 100% of our profits into furthering that mission.
Our regular visits to Palestine enable us to work closely with Palestinian growers and supply chains with whom we have now established long-term relationships.
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5 WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT PALESTINIAN FARMERS
- Choose Palestinian Medjoul dates to support farming communities to make a sustainable livelihood while living under occupation. They now also face unprecedented challenges posed by climate change and the high cost of production.
- Experience the great taste of Palestine. Create your sumptuous Iftar feasts using our award-winning olive oil, Great Taste Award-winning maftoul and green wheat freekeh. Head over to our recipe page for inspiration.
- Involve your local community and ask your local shops to stock Palestinian Medjoul dates this Ramadan.
- Check out our suggested ways you can support Palestinians.
- Share our campaign messages on social media and tag us using the hashtags #HalalAndTayyib and #BuyPalestinian