Mazin Qumsiyeh visits Scotland

Natural History – Unnatural Occupation

7pm Saturday, 3 August 2019

Broughton St Mary’s Church, 12 Bellevue Crescent, EH3 6NE.

 

Prof Mazin Qumsiyeh of the Palestine Museum of Natural History and Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability, Bethlehem University, will speak of the challenges of accelerating human destruction of our natural world. This requires global and local responses but even in the best of circumstances, research, education, and conservation efforts struggle to meet those challenges.

In Palestine under colonization and apartheid, these challenges are compounded. Yet issues such as biodiversity, conservation, and sustainable development cannot wait for the peaceable and just end to the political situation. Mazin will show how working on these issues is itself a transformative part of the struggle for freedom.

A Bedouin in cyberspace. Professor, Founder, and (volunteer) Director, Palestine Museum of Natural History Palestine Institute of Biodiversity and Sustainability, Bethlehem University, Occupied Palestine

In early August, Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh will visit Scotland spending time in Edinburgh including a visit to Hadeel. Mazin teaches and does research at Bethlehem and Birzeit Universities. He previously served on the faculties of the University of Tennessee, Duke, and Yale Universities.

Mazin and his wife, Jessie, returned to Palestine in 2008 founding a range of
institutions and projects such as a clinical genetics laboratory that
serves cancer and other patients. They founded and run the Palestine
Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS) at Bethlehem
University (BU) which attract visitors to Palestine from around the world.

Prof. Qumsiyeh has published over 140 scientific papers on topics ranging from cultural heritage to biodiversity to cancer. His many published books include “Bats of Egypt”, “Mammals of the Holy Land”, “Sharing the Land of Canaan: Human rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle” and “Popular Resistance in Palestine: A History of Hope and Empowerment”. He also published hundreds of articles and letters to the editor and has an activism book published electronically.

Mazin is a seasoned speaker and campaigner having given hundreds of talks in 45 countries around the world.  He especially believes in youth empowerment towards social and environmental causes. The programmes Mazin and Jessie created have impacted on the lives of thousands of people. He also serves on the board of a number of Palestinian youth and service organizations.

As an activist and campaigner Mazin has been harassed and arrested for
non-violent actions but has also received prestigious awards
for these same actions. Mazin, Jessie and dozens of other volunteers
and staff at PIBS continue to have “Joyful participation in the
sorrows of this world” and make a real difference for sustainability
of nature and human communities.

Palestinian Food Demonstration & Tasting

PALESTINIAN FOOD DEMONSTRATION AND TASTING

There will be a chance to see and taste some delicious Palestinian food ranging from dips to entrees. Come with your appetite and leave with a new wealth of knowledge and a happy stomach!

AT : Edinburgh & Lothians Regional Equality Council,  14 Forth Street, Edinburgh. EH1 3LH

TIMES : 1-2 p.m. on Thursday 22nd. and Friday 23rd. August 2019.

Only 30 tickets available for each event so act quick! Tickets are £10 each (£8 concession), available at Hadeel, 123 George Street, EH2 4JN or at the door on the day.

This event is in aid of Hadeel to allow for the continuing trade between Palestinian organisations and groups. A Hadeel stall with food and crafts will also be available at the event.

An Afternoon with Jackie Kay – 18 August

An Afternoon with Jackie Kay- 18 August

We are delighted to announce that Jackie Kay MBE, the Scots Makar, has kindly agreed to give a poetry reading on behalf of Hadeel. At this one hour event, Jackie will discuss aspects of her highly acclaimed work and read some of her poems. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and purchase signed copies of Jackie’s books.

The event will take place from 2-3pm at Christ Church, 6a Morningside Road, Edinburgh EH10 4DD.

Tickets on sale at Hadeel, on Eventbrite and at the door (unless sold out!)

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-afternoon-with-jackie-kay-tickets-62433141206

This is a fund-raising event for Hadeel. We are very grateful for Jackie’s support. A Hadeel stall, selling artisan crafts and food from Palestine, will be on hand.

Photo of Jackie Kay by Denise Else.

News from Melkite Palestinian Embroidery Workshop, Ramallah

     News from Melkite Palestinian Embroidery Workshop in Ramallah

     We recently received some interviews organised by the Melkite Palestinian Embroidery Workshop in Ramallah.  They produce many of Hadeel’s most popular purses, bags and cushions.

     This group used to be able to provide work for 400 local women to help support their families. Sadly, they are now only able to provide work for 270 women. Lack of free movement and constant difficulties with access to markets is a huge drawback to them being able to support more women like the people they describe here:

Ma’zouzeh from Al Tireh Village is 68 years old. She has been working at the embroidery workshop for 18 years. Ma’zouzeh is really grateful for the embroidery centre, which offered her the chance to help her husband in bringing up their seven children. Recently she also has been helping in bringing up her five grand-children who’s mother is accused of stabbing an Israeli soldier which of course is not true, and is now imprisoned in Israeli prisons. Ma’zouzeh says that she is very pleased with this work and cannot see herself without it. She also remembers with pride one of her grand-daughters winning a prize in the centre’s embroidery competition a few years ago.

Suad, a widow from Ramallah, has 2 daughters and 2 boys. Suad and one of her daughters work for the embroidery workshop. They expressed satisfaction with their work and with the good working relationships at the centre.

Awatef, from Ramallah, is around 60 years old she enioys embroidery and has been working at the centre for 30 years. Her income helps her family to meet the high cost of living.

Siham, from the village of Deir Ibzee’, has been working with the embroidery workshop for 30 years. She is 54 years old, she is happy with this work and her aim is to buy medication for her sick mother.

Shadia from Ein Areek  village ,she is 55 years old and she has been in a wheel-chair for a long time. She likes this kind of work and is happy to keep herself busy  while at the same time supporting herself. Her sister Falastine  is also among the ladies who work for us at the centre, and she is the one who brings the work for her sister Shadia.

Shireen from Deir Ibzi’ she is 30 years old she has been working for the shop since 10 years ,she has 4 children the youngest is sick and she takes her to the hospital  3 times  a week  . Shireen is happy that she helps with the household and the transfer and in the medication of her daughter. At night when she is done with the house chores she starts with the embroidery work, she is very patient  and of course her work helps because the salary of her husband alone does not meet with the requirement of the daily life. It is notable that the mother of Shireen is a regular worker at our workshop  and she is the one who encouraged her daughter to do the same .

Bethlehem – Beautiful Resistance Recipes

Bethlehem – Beautiful Resistance Recipes

by Dr Abdelfattah Abusrour and Manal Odeh

     This welcoming blue door  of Bethlehem – Beautiful Resistance Recipes  invited me to look inside. I was surprised to see the gate of Aida Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, with it’s giant key sculpture, symbolising the Palestinians’ right of return to their land. It’s right next to the separation wall which borders the camp. I’d stood there four years ago for a large group photograph, during a study visit organised by the Palestine-UK Social Work Network.  Since then, one of the Palestinian social workers who took us round, a third generation refugee in the camp, was imprisoned for 6 months for protesting, defending the rights of Palestinian children and youths detained in Israeli military prisons.

     It was clearly more than a cookbook. Alongside Palestinian recipes you’ll find stories, firstly of the co-authors: Dr Abdelfattah Abusrour born in the camp, a scientist who later became one of the founders of the Alrowwad Culture and Arts society in the heart of Aida and Manal Odah, born in Dubai into an immigrant Palestinian family, trained as a maths teacher and now co-ordinator of the Alrowwad Centre’s women’s unit. Dr Abusrour  says “I hope within this book you can find a taste of Palestine, a taste of our beautiful resistance.’

     Interspersed throughout the book, Manal has conversations with some older residents of the camp, about life in the villages they left in 1948 and now.  Other sections outline the historical context, religious festivals, Palestinian fishing and dairy products. There’s lots of stunning photos of people, places, crops, food, herbs and spices.

     The recipes include well known Palestinian dishes like Hummus, Fattoush and Baba Ghanoush. There’s also ones that feature in Deline’s article about Ramadan in Gaza: Freekah Soup, Mulokhiya, Maftoul, Ma’mul and ‘Maqloubah’ (Upside-down dish and how it got it’s name). It includes some straightforward dishes like ‘Tray bake potatoes with chicken’ (Seneyat batata ma’dajaj) and ‘Aubergine and tomato bake’ (Mnazala). I tested a Palestinian version of  ‘Musaqa’a’ which met with full approval of my guests. Warming ‘Red lentil and chard soup (Shorabat addas wa silaq) will be great to use up the chard in my veg box and I’m keen to try the ‘Rose water scented date cookies’ (Ma’mul). All the recipes are attractively and clearly presented and illustrated.

     The cookbook is a celebration of the Alrowwad Culture and Arts Society’s ‘beautiful resistance’ through arts, culture and education. It provides a wide range of activities and opportunities for all ages within the camp and throughout the West Bank including a theatre, Palestinian folkloric Dabka dancing, drawing, painting, photography, video training, vocational training, a women’s development centre, a guest house and a cooking school with a restaurant. You might have seen a performance of the theatre company when a group of 14 young people toured the UK and appeared at The Edinburgh Fringe. There’s a video of their dynamic performance in this article: https://artistsforpalestine.org.uk/2016/09/04/beautiful-resistance-meets-cynical-culture-washing-on-edinburgh-fringe/

     All funds raised from the sale of the book will support these activities and Dr Abusrour says “teaching people how to cook Palestinian food is another form of resistance..”  So by buying the book for yourself or someone else you’ll be supporting ‘beautiful resistance’ as well as extending your repertoire of Palestinian cooking.

Buy it from Hadeel here.

Book review by Sally Evans

Hadeel Volunteer

 

Ramadan in Palestine– Festivities, struggle & resilience

Ramadan in Palestine- Festivities, struggle & resilience   

     Like any other Muslim country, Ramadan is a special time of the year in Palestine. It is a time to reflect, change and celebrate the holiness of the month.

     For Palestinians the Ramadan experience is different from that of their fellow Muslims; they suffer a draining situation which hasn’t improved for a long time. Sadly this year, the Palestinians in Gaza had to start their Ramadan with a series of Israeli airstrikes, leaving lasting destruction with more than 25 Palestinians killed including a pregnant woman and her young daughter. This made the start of this blessed month a difficult one for their families having to welcome Ramadan with sorrow and bereavement.

Picture before & after an airstrike in an attempt to destroy Ramadan celebration signs in Gaza city- 4th May 2019

     Despite the difficulties and the barriers to being in festive spirits, Palestinians refuse to let the situation stop them from celebrating and creating a joyful atmosphere in any way they can manage.

      From the start of Ramadan, you see children running around the streets with excitement, holding their colourful musical lanterns. The streets are beautifully decorated, but you can only fully enjoy these decorations when there is power. Unfortunately, the Gaza Strip has been suffering a power crisis since 2006 when the only power station was bombed by the occupation air strikes. This has had a lasting effect on the Palestinians of Gaza, meaning they have to cope with only 4 hours of power every day. This makes the fast more difficult as people can’t benefit from air conditioning in a place where temperatures get as high as 35 degrees.

This is a 21 year old musical lantern from Gaza City & the delicious Palestinian Medjoul dates!

     Various chilled drinks are made especially in Ramadan as a  treat for the fasting people and to cool them down after a long fast, some of these are, Carcade (Hibiscus), Kharoub (Carob) and Ereksoos (Liquorice root). These drinks embody the taste of the Palestinian Ramadan, a taste you can experience wherever you are – if you can make them!

     For Iftar, there are many traditional Palestinian recipes which are made during the holy month. Freekeh soup is the most common starter for the Iftar meal.It is mainly made from Freekeh, chicken stock and onions. You can buy this from Hadeel @ https://bit.ly/2Q0QlsC. Medjoul dates are also an essential in any Palestinian household during Ramadan as Muslims break their fast with a date first, following the tradition of Prophet Mohammad. You can buy these delicious dates from the shop or online @ https://bit.ly/2W4hL6e. For the main course, Maqlouuba (upside down!), Molokheya and Maftoul are the most popular dishes during this month, especially for Iftar shared by groups of extended families and Iftar feasts in Mosques.The latter are well attended, especially by families who live in poverty which now make up more than 50% of the population due to the ongoing siege. You can find many recipes in our range of different cookery books @ https://bit.ly/2W7dfnM.

     Sohour time (the late meal just before starting the fast) is unique in Palestine. I remember the sound of a very loud drum played by AlMusaharati – a young man who volunteers to walk around people’s homes to wake them up for the late meal and prayer. Hearing this drumming with the special words that AlMusaharati says gives the nights of Ramadan a very special sense. I used to appreciate the courage he had to walk around despite the Israeli warplanes flying overhead. Palestinians in Gaza also have to have a romantic Sohour by candlelight as they often don’t have power during this time of the night.

     As Ramadan is a very important time for Muslims in Palestine, their Christian brothers and sisters also take part in the festive spirits, often joining in and contributing to Iftar feasts. One example is Khalil Koa who’s known as ‘Ramadan hero’ in the West Bank because he distributes water and food to his fellow Palestinians who are stuck on the checkpoints at Iftar time. This is a beautiful example of the interfaith relationships in Palestine as all share a pure bond of brother and sisterhood.

     At the end of Ramadan, Palestinians celebrate Eid Al-Fitr which is a time to strengthen family ties through a series of visits to extended family members and enjoy the breaking of the fast. The main part of celebrating Eid is food! Ma’moul is made in most households and shared with those who can’t afford to make any. In Gaza, a special dish called ‘Sumakeyia’ is made from meat, spinach, onions, chickpeas, tahini and sumac –a very delicious dish but quite heavy on the stomach especially after getting used to fasting!

     Every year Palestinians welcome Eid with good spirits, hope and genuine prayers for better Eids to come for future generations.

By,

Diline Abushaban

Hadeel Council Member

Barry and Ann: Hadeel Local Reps

It’s not what we have done for Hadeel, but what Hadeel has done for us.

     Becoming an Area Representative came about almost by accident and neither Barry nor myself really envisaged being able to do the job justice. We were left with quite a bit of stock from a sale we had and an Area Representative in York gifted us a wonderful amount of lovely items which she
had not yet had time to sell when she moved back to Scotland. When then felt that we couldn’t ‘do nothing’.

     We used our Traidcraft stall network (churches etc.) and thought that would probably be it. However, we have developed new networks for our Palestinian goods. We are members of our local Sabeel/Kairos group and twice a year we have evenings with stalls and we take our goods to be sold alongside ceramics and Zaytoun products. We were existing members but having the stall made it very much easier to talk to people about our experience and listen to theirs.

     It is possible that we may not have made the time or the effort to attend the annual Leeds Palestinian Festival, but because we have our good to sell we always look out for the emails advertising the Film Festival and inviting us to attend. Again, this is a new network of friends that has developed because of Hadeel. And we would definitely not have attended the women’s football match between a Republican International team and the Diyar women’s football team from Bethlehem. It was cold but that didn’t matter as we met friends from other networks and new folks more interested in football than we are.

      We thought it was only about supporting Hadeel who were supporting Palestinian crafts people through buying the wonderful, beautiful goods that they make. How wrong can you be!! It has also made a terrific difference in our lives not only through the stories of the people in Palestine, but also how we have been enabled to meet so many more people and hear their stories too. We are just repacking our bags to take our lovely stock to Scarborough to the URC’s Yorkshire Assembly – we do get around.

Thank you Hadeel.

Guests from Zaytoun

 GUESTS FROM ZAYTOUN

            We were delighted to meet Zaytoun Palestinian Director, Taysir Arbasi, and the Fair Trade Olive farmer, Khader Khader, on their Fair Trade tour of Britain earlier in the spring.

             Words and photos can never quite convey the richness of a direct experience, especially on where as Khader said we can “feel the connectedness of the circle” of growing the olives, harvesting and producing the oil then shipping and final use of the delicious oil. He said it made him feel like part of a bigger family which was really moving for us.

            There was a wonderful meal in Glasgow hosted by Green City at the Civic House with Palestinian catering. In that warm and friendly atmosphere, Khader and Taysir spoke about the many difficulties they must overcome on a daily basis.

            Later in the week they spoke to a welcoming and sympathetic audience at Hadeel. Here are the words of Taysir about their experience in Scotland.

            “Scotland tour was fantastic in general, we have felt very welcomed all the way through Scotland, always was very great and supportive people. The visit to  Edinburgh has been great too, as we have had the chance to enjoy the Palestinian food during the event at Hadeel shop, we have had a great chance to talk to the people about the Palestinian produce, in addition to a well done Trees for Life donation session, where it was meaningful to have this happening with the presence of Khader! The talk we have had in the Scottish Parliament was great, especially to connect with the Scot Fair Trade forum, and it is an added value to work together.”

Land Day Remembered

LAND DAY REMEMBERED

Land Day is marked every year in Palestine and by Palestinians in the diaspora for its significance in the defence of Palestinian land against expropriation and building of Israeli settlement on Palestinian land. On 30 March 1976 a peaceful demonstration by concerned Palestinians, who have had lost their lands for the Israeli settlements in the Galilee area, were violently attacked by armed Israeli Border Police killing 7 young people and injuring dozens.

This year Hadeel marked the occasion under the theme “Land, Loss and Longing: A celebration of Palestinian culture” at Broughton St Mary’s Church hosted by Peter MacDonald, Hadeel’s chairperson. The event was attended by over 140 people from all walks of life in Edinburgh and further afield.

The events focused on Palestinian culture and the harsh reality of life under occupation and the continuous threat of losing land and livelihood for millions of Palestinians living under occupation or as second-class citizens in Israel. A brief historical review was given by Diline Abushaban and a photography exhibition, assembled by Phil Chetwynd and Mahmoud Al-Kurd, demonstrated the daily hardship people have to endure in getting on their normal life and business.

Recitation of Palestinian poetry in Arabic (Ishaq Abu-Arafeh) and also in English and Shetlandic (Christine de Luca, past Edinburgh Makar). Musical entertainment was given by the Musical Band “Mawtini” led by Hadeel’s Manager Khaled Khalil. Attendants were treated to an authentic Palestinian meal prepared by Maha Campbell and with contributions from other supporters.

It was pleasing to us at Hadeel that there was a positive feedback from all who attended the event and also for the success in raising a handsome amount of money for the benefit of Palestinian projects supported by Palcrafts and Hadeel. Many members of Hadeel council, staff, volunteers and supporters played parts in the planning, the organisation, the publicity, the catering and the management of the day.

Palcrafts AGM, June 27th

 

 

 

You are invited to attend the AGM of Palcrafts – owners of the Hadeel shop in Edinburgh’s George Street.

Thursday, June 27th

Starting at 7.00pm

On level 4 of The Melting Pot, 5 Rose Street, Edinburgh

 

As a member of Palcrafts or an interested person, please come along and hear the annual report from the Council.

We have a guest speaker, Gerry O’Hare is an Oncology clinical nurse, in Glasgow and Clyde health board, who has been working closely with Bethlehem University Hospital in setting up Oncology training for Palestinian nurses. This will be the focus of his speech on the night. Gerry has spoken at a previous Medical Aid for Palestinians fundraiser. MAP, as you may already know, works for “a future where all Palestinians can access an effective, sustainable and locally-led system of healthcare and the full realisation of their rights to health and dignity’. 

Also at the AGM

  • light supper
  • elections to the  Council. If you are interested in becoming a Council member, please prepare some information about yourself and send it to the Council Secretary in advance – info@hadeel.org; then ask someone to nominate you

 We look forward to welcoming you

Stall @ Heart & Soul Festival Sunday, May 19th

On Sunday 19th May the Church of Scotland’s Heart and Soul festival opens its gates (at 1.00pm) for everyone. Entry is free, and there’s no need to book — just come along!

There will be three stages with full programmes and over 60 exhibitors (congregations, presbyteries, committees and councils of the church) all ready to share with you their journey and work.

You can check out the programme for the day, and plan your schedule for the afternoon. There’s no set time for you coming, so arrive when you can, leave when you must. The day concludes with a massed closing worship service at 5.00pm in Stage A, the Ross Bandstand.

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World Fair Trade Day Gathering

World Fair Trade Day Gathering

Saturday, May 11th, 3pm – 9pm Food & Craft Stalls

5pm-11pm, Concert & Ceilidh

The World Fair Trade Gathering is being compered by celebrity presenter and journalist, Gail Porter who is also a long standing committed Fair Trade Ambassador.

The line-up for the concert and ceilidh will include local, up and coming Leith samba band Pulse of the Place; lively Glasgow based Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 with alternative dance music and rocking ceilidh rhythms; inspiring Scottish folk musician Rachel Sermanni; Reel Time Ceilidh Band, a rapturous and foot stomping ceilidh band with a contemporary twist; rock & roll masters hot off the press from New York – Miracle Glass Company; Indie band Zuba, an outstanding multi-cultural band with a great dance beat; rousing and rhythmical Got Soul Choir; award winning Irish dance performance specialists Siamsoir and piping magic from World Fair Trade piper Lou Marshall and her exhilarating Celtic fusion band Cantara.

Commenting on their involvement, band members from the Miracle Glass Company said: “We are honoured to have been invited to be a part of World Fair Trade Day, and to support the work of the World Fair Trade Organisation”.

Event organiser & director, Tania Pramschufer, Hand Up Events said: “Our events are about raising awareness and engaging mainstream audiences with fair trade, so to be organising such an awe- inspiring concert and ceilidh on World Fair Trade Day at The Usher Hall is a great honour and it is a pleasure to be working in partnership with The Usher Hall and with support from Edinburgh City Council to bring this celebration concert and ceilidh together.  This event connecting with 400 WFTO member organisations across 70 countries.

This year’s World Fair Trade Day event will bring together inspiring speakers and incredibly talented musicians – a day of global unity and celebration. We hope this World Fair Trade Day celebration will have a lasting impact and encourage more people to support the Fair Trade movement going forward.”

Martin Rhodes, Director Scottish Fair Trade Forum, added: “The World Fair Trade Gathering promises to be a lively and innovative celebration of Scotland’s commitment to being a Fair Trade Nation.”

http://www.handupevents.co.uk/

A Palestinian Fair Trade Supper in Glasgow Monday, 4 March 2019

Monday, March 4th

19:00 – 22:00

Civic House , 26 Civic Street, Glasgow G4 9RH

Our friends at Greencity Wholefoods will be celebrating 10 years of Fair Trade Olive Oil with Zaytoun over a 3 course, supper style, meal.

Fairtrade Fortnight, which this year runs from 25th February until 10th March, is a fantastic opportunity to highlight and commend the difference Fairtrade can make to lives and communities. At Greencity Wholefoods, sustainability, good working conditions and a fair supply chain are at the heart of our ethos, therefore, we have been longstanding supporters of Fairtrade going way back to 1984 with the first commercial distribution of Fairtrade coffee following a collaboration with Campaign Coffee Scotland.

 This very special supper will allow you to taste some of Zaytoun’s delicious ingredients and as well as a delicious meal, we will also have a very special visitor from Palestine.

Khader Khader (pictured) is a farmer and board member of the Palestine Fair Trade Association. He produces Fairtrade olive oil from his family’s olive groves and now makes a sustainable livelihood, but that hasn’t always been the case. He spent 10 years working in a plastics factory in Israel before turning to farming. During the evening he will explain why he became a Fairtrade farmer and the importance of fair trade in his community, as well as talking about daily life in Palestine.

For more information and to get your tickets click here.

A Fair Trade Evening March 6, 2019

Fair Trade Evening

Co-hosted by Hadeel and Zaytoun

FREE EVENT

MARCH 6, 2019

6PM – 8PM

HADEEL SHOP, 123 George Street, EH2 4JN

We welcome two guest speakers:

Khader Khader,  Palestinian Farmer, Embracing a Fair Trade Life

Taysir Arbasi, Zaytoun Palestinian Director, Supporting Fair Trade

This is a chance to learn about Fair Trade in Palestine & the challenges local farmers must overcome for their craft.

Also available will be a range of Hadeel & Zaytoun products for purchase.

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Commemorating Land Day March 30, 2019

Saturday, 30 March from 19:00-22:00

@ Broughton St Mary’s Church 12 Bellevue Crescent Edinburgh EH3 6NE

Come and join us to commemorate Land Day and celebrate Palestinian culture – with live music from the band Mawtini and readings/ translations of Palestinian poetry from Christine de Luca, former Edinburgh Makar, and Ishaq Abu-Arafeh.

Enjoy home-made Palestinian finger food (included in entrance fee).

Learn about Land Day, commemorated in Palestine on 30 March, view a photography exhibition, browse a range of stalls run by Palestinian organisations, or take the opportunity to buy books, crafts and food from Palestine.

The venue has wheelchair access, a lift and accessible toilets.

In aid of Hadeel Fair Trade Shop.

For more information and tickets click here.

Hadeel Pop-Up Shop February 23, 2019

11:00-14:00, Saturday, February 23rd

Iona Community Base

21 Carlton Court, Glasgow, Scotland G5 9JP, Scotland

Are you …

  • interested in buying food and crafts in support of fair trade, justice and – in particular – Palestinian farmers and craftworkers?
  • wanting to find unique gifts and show practical solidarity with oppressed people?
  • keen to source ethical brands of products that you use regularly, but are not widely or often available in shops you frequent?

Our wee Pop-Up Shop could be the answer to your shopping dilemmas!

Since November 2018, weeWONDERBOX and Hadeel have been collaborating to regularly offer this opportunity to source unique, hard-to-get, ethical products in central Glasgow, both in occasional pop-up shop form and also through the possibility of pick-ups of pre-ordered products at the Iona Community’s Glasgow base.

Today will feature the pop-up shop, with plenty of time to browse, plus a short presentation to kickoff Fair Trade Fortnight from a Scottish Fair Trade Forum representative at 11.30 … and of course, refreshments.

For more information click here.

Edinburgh Xmas Tree Festival

YOU ARE INVITED TO THE OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF

THE EDINBURGH CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL 2018

6pm, Friday 7th December

St Andrew’s & St George’s West

13 George Street, Edinburgh

RSVP 0131 225 3847

or info@stagw.org.uk

 

 

AND

 

Carols at Six

Friday 21st December, 6pm

Carols sung by the (excellent) church choir

Congregational carols

Readings and Poetry

Come early, the church fills quickly!

 

 

 

 

Festival dates

 

Saturday 8th to Monday 24th December

 

Open from 10am to 6pm, except Sundays

Late opening, to 9pm, Thursday 13th and 20th

21 December, 10am till 2pm

Hadeel Stall at PwC Event.

12 – 2 pm – Wednesday 5 December 2018 – Closed Event – Employees Only – Edinburgh Office:

Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8EX

Hadeel Stall at Christmas Craft Fair – 9 Dec. Lauriston Hall.

Christmas Craft Fair celebrates local talent and community garden on the Meadows with a special afternoon in Lauriston Hall.

Fair Trade, Hadeel, local plants and seeds, bird feeders, the Lauriston Knitters, and bakers galore are already featured. We have room for more creatives; please apply for a free stall by 1st December.

All welcome, with wheelchair access and toilets.

9th December 2018
2pm to 6pm
Lauriston Hall
28 Lauriston St, Edinburgh Old Town EH3 9DJ
This is a free event
Call 07593316284

Hadeel Pop-Up Shop Launch

December 15 @ 1:30 pm4 pm

Venue

The Ground @ Iona Community Base
21 Carlton Court
Glasgow, Scotland G5 9JP United Kingdom
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Phone:
01414 429 7281
Website:
https://www.wildgoose.scot
Celebrating the advent of the Palestinian food and handcraft outlet in Glasgow

Interested in buying goods in support of fair trade, justice and, in particular, Palestinian farmers and craftworkers?

Hadeel is a Fair Trade shop in Edinburgh which has been offering this possibility for many years to the good folk of the (Scottish) Far East.

And now, as this launch event celebrates, we have the advent of an Hadeel presence in Glasgow, both in occasional pop-up shop form and also through the possibility of once or twice-monthly ‘open door’ pick-ups of pre-ordered products via weeWONDERBOX.

Today’s event will feature a pop-up shop, plus a film on a recent Hadeel/ Palcrafts trip to visit producers, some information about and opportunity to discuss future Hadeel plans, a short time of worship and of course, refreshments.

 

November 3rd 2018 Hadeel’s Stall in Edinburgh Eco Fair.

 

Building on the success of last year’s fair, we’re running it again this November. Another great opportunity for local green groups, businesses and campaigns to share their ideas and products with the wider community. We hope that you would like to book a stall at the fair.

International Fair Trade Charter launch

International Fair Trade Charter Launched

On 25 September 2018, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum united with 250 organisations around the world to launch an International Fair Trade Charter.

The Charter sets down the fundamental values of Fair Trade and defines a common vision towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Charter was initiated by Fairtrade International and the World Fair Trade Organization and leading figures from both networks were in Edinburgh to celebrate its launch. Read more about the launch here.

We now urge your organisation to support the Charter.

 Download the Charter

 Download our summary document

 Support the Charter

Hadeel Stall at Scottish MAP Fundraising Event

Medical Aid for Palestinians

As with every year, Hadeel will be showcasing Palestinian products in the Scottish Medical Aid for Palestine Fundraiser. We would encourage all supporters of the Palestinian cause to participate in this important fundraising event for Palestine.

On Wednesday 5 September the UN warned that emergency fuel stocks at critical health facilities in Gaza will run out within days, unless urgent funding is secured from international donors.

incubator in Gaza hospitalHospitals, clinics, and water and sanitation facilities all only receive 4-5 hours of mains electricity per day as a result of Gaza’s chronic electricity crisis. In order to provide round-the-clock care and essential services, health facilities must therefore rely on backup generators – intended only for emergency use – for up to 20 hours per day. Fuel for these generators, provided by the UN with international funding, is set to run out imminently at some sites.

“If new funds are not received immediately, we will be facing a potentially catastrophic breakdown in essential service delivery,” warned UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory Jamie McGoldrick this week. “Some hospitals are already within a week of closing. The most vulnerable people of Gaza, who rely on public services and have limited income sources, will be the most negatively affected.”

Al Aqsa Hospital in the Middle Area of Gaza only has enough emergency fuel for one week. The UN has said that $4.5 million of funding is required to sustain these services until the end of the year.

Medical Aid for Palestinians fundraising event

Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference

Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference 2018

This year’s Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference and AGM will take place on Saturday 8 September 2018 at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries. As usual, our AGM will take place alongside.

This year’s conference will focus on partnerships for Fair Trade. Check out the draft programme here.

Due to venue size, there is a limit on the number of people that can attend. If, after booking a ticket, you find that you can no longer attend, we would kindly ask you to cancel your booking through the Eventbrite registration page or by telephoning us (0141 353 5611) as soon as possible in order to give someone else a chance to attend.

Making Grants to our Producer Groups

In September 2017, we organised a fund-raising concert, with performances by Ayman Jarjour, the celebrated Syrian classical guitarist, and the accomplished  Choir of St Andrews and St Georges West. Over 200 people attended and (after expenses) about £3000 was raised. This enabled us to make a number of small grants to some of Hadeel’s producer groups, as follows.

Surif Women’s Cooperative, near Hebron, for embroidery materials. Surif is one of our most isolated groups, has no email and faces high costs for materials and transport. The women produce highly intricate traditional embroidery, from bibs to clerical stoles, but marketing their goods is extremely difficult.

Melkite Palestinian Embroidery Workshop, Ramallah, for materials to make purses, bags, hangings and cushion covers. This enables the workshop to continue providing vital work to support 250 part-time workers and their families.

Sindyanna, Galilee: The grant was a small contribution towards the costs of a catering course for 15 Palestinian women. This training will help the students find jobs and thus relieve poverty, with some women guaranteed work in Sindyanna’s visitor centre on completing the course.

Haneen Project, Nablus, for materials to enable development of new product lines. This will directly benefit 15 women from low income families in Balata Refugee Camp who earn a living by sewing. Hadeel’s sister shop in Jerusalem, Sunbula, is supporting Haneen in this work.

Atfaluna Society for Deaf Children, Gaza City, for ear mould materials and hearing aid batteries for the children. One hundred young people will benefit, the  majority being from families living well below the poverty line. Properly functioning hearing aids are a vital support in the children’s education.

 

In several cases, we supplemented the grants awarded by also placing new orders for goods.