What is this a Photograph of?

What is this a photograph of?

People use this item for different purposes. It is designed as a glasses case and was made over 16 years ago by the Melkite group in Ramallah and I bought it as a beginner volunteer at Hadeel when we opened in 2003.

It means a lot to me and I use it every day as a carrying case for my Wakesa.

This was given to me when I formally became a Buddhist and took the Precepts, which are a bit like the Commandments but understood as being from the deepest wish of our own heart. To cease from evil and do only good. Also to remember that we are part of a bigger tapestry than we can know.

Every morning I use it to remind me of this wish as I start the day.

If I am travelling anywhere it goes with me.

When events are happening that are difficult to understand or more needless suffering is happening in Palestine or any of the other troubled places in our world, I do my best to bring my mind back to that sincere wish and to remember that however dark things seem, they will change.

This case has gone with me  to visit the groups  in Palestine, to visit my parents as they were ageing and becoming more dependent on others, to family holidays, though all the changes ,joys and sorrows of the last 17 years.

Over the years the top side colours have become softer and gentler while the side usually face down has kept that vividness of its original nature. That seems to point to something about the way we ourselves age and hopefully soften in our dealings with inner and outer circumstances.

I treasure this case and all that it means to me .

-Kathleen Campbell

Producers in Palestine Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose

Producers in Palestine Recycle, Reuse and Repurpose

In keeping with the general theme of this new year of 2020 and it’s “visions” I thought it might be interesting to investigate some of the items for sale in our shop in George Street, Edinburgh, with “recycling, reusing and repurposing” in mind- not to mention replacing.

The most obvious place to start might be the olive wood carvings traditionally made from the prunings of the olive producing trees “that must be dried for at least a year before using” thus “ensuring environmental sustainability”. Hadeel also supports ” Keep Hope Alive”, an “olive tree planting project coordinated in the area by the YMCA” which helps to replace those trees lost through disease or destruction.

The olive leaf itself is re-used as an individual and original cast for each unique piece of “beautifully handcrafted sterling silver jewellery” from the “Peace Next to your Hear” collection by Al Zaytouna, Bethlehem.

Olive oil top quality for drizzling and dipping is made from the harvest of olives as it has been for many centuries, and soaps are made from the “oil which cannot be used for food” but can be reused into wonderful creamy hand soaps using “traditional methods in Nablus” which are then “cleaned, packed and exported” by Sindyanna of Galilee. Other ingredients such as honey, pomegranate, lemon, sage and Dead Sea mud can be incorporated into this natural material (repurposed if you like).

Wood pulp and paper/card is also recycled into attractive paper gift bags and notebooks at the Oasis Workshop in Beit Sahour offering “meaningful work” and “dignity” to adults with special needs aged from 18-45 years old.

Ma’an lil-Hayat, or “Together for Life” is an organisation set up for “people with and without intellectual disabilities” which recycles Bethlehem sheep’s wool by “cleaning, carding, dyeing, felting and drying” before remaking into felted wool ornaments, nativity sets and one of my favourites “Wallace and Grommit go to Bethlehem/Farmageddan” white and black sheep. In fact, I know it is a bit sacrilegious but I use one as a pincushion up in the western Isles and so far my pins there have not rusted which is amazing as everything else does!!

Finally I have chosen the art glass, lovingly made from broken fragments of glass and bottles picked by human hands “from among the rubble” into angels and flowers “by some of the poorest of the poor in the Bethlehem region”. Hung by a window or glazed boor, you can see the colour and light shining through reflecting the hope and transformation of these seemingly worthless materials into “a beautiful and whole creation”.

Glass Angel

So you see, most of the goods for sale in our shop have vision at their very heart. Every hand stitched, crafted item is remade from a basic piece of cloth which itself might be remade from cotton or linen or wood fibres, much in the tradition of Joseph’s coat of many colours, a loving patchwork of materials and embroidery continuing that cultural inheritance and identity, reflecting our need to identify with others and our surroundings – the source of our very being.

– Fiona Grossart

Recollections of Peter Macdonald

Recollections of Peter Macdonald

It all began sometime in the autumn of 2002, when a group of volunteers had a large craft stall in the entrance of St. George’s West Church in Shandwick Place, attracting customers who were leaving an event inside the church.  The group inside had been on a study tour / pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine and were keen to support our stall and what we were doing.  That evening they bought a 2-3 hundred pounds’ worth of very beautiful embroidery.

At the same time, St. George’s West had been undergoing extensive renovations during which the room which had been the kitchen became available for other use.  Peter Macdonald, the minister there, came out of the sanctuary and when he saw us, commented something like, “You’re a shop without a room and we’ve got a room without a shop!”.  As we had been thinking about the possibility of opening a shop, negotiations began between what then was just a voluntary group marketing Palestinian handcrafts and a prominent church in the West End of Edinburgh.

Subsequently, in January of 2003 two companies were formed, one a charity, one a trading subsidiary.  By March of 2003 Palcrafts/Hadeel volunteers had renovated the room and beautifully displayed it and opened for business.

Of course, there was a need for directors for the two companies which were formed.  Peter was one from 2003 until he resigned at the AGM in 2009.  It wasn’t until he had ceased being Leader of the Iona Community that he was again able to have time and energy to support the companies once more as a director.

 – Carol Morton

Peter and I were elected to the Palcrafts Council – the body that oversees Hadeel – at the same AGM in 2017. I didn’t know Peter well before then; however it quickly became evident that he had a grasp of what needed done to help make the organisation function well.

On his suggestion we appointed a consultant, Wendy Ball, to assist is in reviewing our business model and working practices. Peter himself was a member of the Transition Group, which brought recommended changes to the Council for decision. So it’s largely thanks to Peter that we are where we now are at Hadeel, with Khaled as manager and Arely as assistant. When he was “between jobs” he even assisted some days each week in the shop. It was no surprise when Peter was elected chairperson of the Council in 2018. His passion for justice in the world is wide-ranging, with a particular focus on the situation of the Palestinian people. Personally, I was looking forward enormously to the study tour in the spring, which he was helping to organise. It would have been an opportunity to spend time, have fun and learn together.

Each of us will miss him enormously at a personal level; we at Hadeel will miss his enthusiasm and leadership more than we can say.

 -Mike Frew

I have only known Peter for 3 years, but I feel as if I have known him for the whole of my life. His warm welcome and hospitality, his knowledge and wisdom shine through his conversation capturing his guests and audience.

I was impressed with his knowledge of Palestine and his support not only for the Palestinians but to causes of injustice wherever they were. His untimely and sudden departure will leave a huge void the lives of all who knew him. My thoughts and heart go to his family and my prayers go to his soul. We will miss Peter for many years to come.

-Ishaq Abu-Arafeh


CANCELLED-Celebratory Choral Music and Classical Guitar Concert

Due to growing concerns about the Coronavirus, we have decided to cancel our fundraising concert for now and hope to be able to postpone for later in the year. Please keep an eye on our social media channels for updates.

Thanks for your understanding,
The Hadeel Team

We are happy to present our annual fundraising event!

Hadeel Stall in Kora Mediterranean Feast



Explore the renowned Mediterranean diet and discover hard-to-find products and goods to add taste and style to your everyday life, all the while enjoying a lineup of live Mediterranean music!Traders from all around the Mediterranean Sea will be meeting in Assembly Roxy, a beautifully converted former church in the heart of the Old Town in Edinburgh, to sell delicacies, products, and goodies from their respective countries. Expect quality hot and cold food, delicious snacks and treats, sweet and savoury pastries, fine confectionery, traditional ingredients, handmade crafts, Fairtrade products, artisan coffee and much more!

Inspired by the Mediterranean food markets and street festivals, Kora is an open-for-all, one-stop-shop for anything Mediterranean. A unique, bazaar-like, family friendly experience brought to Edinburgh for the first time.

Music lineup and stallholders to be announced soon!

Dates and times:
2 May 2020 – 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
3 May 2020 – 10:00 am to 08:00 pm

Venue: Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9SU

Entrance fee: £3 daily ticket, available at the entrance, Under 12’s – FREE

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/896524220744142/


2 (Saturday) 11:00 am – 3 (Sunday) 8:00 pm +01:00


Assembly Roxy

2 Roxburgh Pl, Edinburgh EH8 9SU


Adjust ProductionsTel: +44[0]7546757810, E-mail: info@adjustproductions.co.uk2 Parkside Street, EH89RL, Edinburgh, UK

Hadeel Decorating a Christmas Tree

Edinburgh Christmas Tree Festival

When and where? 

7- 24 December at St Andrew’s and St George’s West in George Street, Edinburgh.

Monday-Saturday 10-6pm, Thursdays late until 9pm.Let there be LIGHT!

Let there be LIGHT! is the 10th Christmas Tree Festival at St Andrew’s and St George’s West in the heart of Edinburgh. 40 sparkling Christmas trees light up the Georgian sanctuary, each decorated by a local charity, business or voluntary group.

All of our trees come from social enterprise Caring Christmas Trees, supporting homeless  people in Edinburgh throughout the winter.

Donations this year are shared between three local charities Bikes for RefugeesCanongate Youth and The Yard.


Hadeel Stall @ Edinburgh Social Enterprise Market

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

@ Waverley Court (Event 11:30 am-4pm)

This superb location with access from Princes Street and looking over Princes Street and Waverley Bridge IN THE HEART OF EDINBURGH.

You seriously should not have a better location for shopping, with many of traders out there it makes you want to cry with sheer joy, with everyone participating will have a great time with selling their merchandise to shoppers looking already for Christmas…..

Princes Street is the city centre high footfall shopping location that most people would dream to trade, that we are a social action events company, we give preference to local, ethical, fair trade, social  & environmental businesses.

Please note hot food only Waverley Market on the Mall!

Hadeel Stall @ Eco Fair

November 2 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Where: Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny St, Edinburgh EH6 8RG
When: Saturday 2nd November 2019 – 9.30am – 400pm

Volunteers will get free access to the event and plenty of time to browse

The Edinburgh Greenpeace Eco Fair is a great way to discover local green groups, businesses and campaigns.

There will be planet-friendly gifts, workshops, crafting, live music, a kids area, and food. The event is family-friendly, with kids more than welcome.


Hadeel Stall in SFTF Campaigner Conference

Date And Time

Sat, 7 September 2019

11:00 – 16:00 BST


Dalziel High School

Crawford Street



About this Event

Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference

Join us on 7 September for the annual Scottish Fair Trade Campaigner Conference. Whether you are an experienced Fair Trade campaigner or new to the cause, come along to this event to:

  • hear from Anne-Marie Yao, Regional Cocoa Manager at Fairtrade Africa, about the impact of Fairtrade on the lives of cocoa producers and their families in West Africa;
  • hear about the latest developments in the Fair Trade movement;
  • meet fellow Fair Trade campaigners and businesses from across Scotland;
  • find out more about the North Lanarkshire Fairtrade Zone campaign;
  • find out how you/your group can campaign for Fair Trade.
  • Contribute to the Scottish Government’s Review of Fair Trade at workshops facilitated by independent consultants.

This year’s event will focus on Fair Trade and Gender Equity with speakers exploring how Fair Trade promotes gender equity as part of its economic, social and environmental standards.

All welcome. A friendly welcome guaranteed!


Talks from:

  • Anne-Marie Yao, Regional Cocoa Manager, Fairtrade Africa-West Africa Network
  • Sarah Wakefield, Sustainable Sourcing and Fairtrade Manager, the Co-op
  • Barbara Wilson, owner of Lovethatstuff, a retailer of products of WFTO members
  • Julia Nicoara, Director of Public Engagement, the Fairtrade Foundation
  • Martin Rhodes, Chief Executive, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum

Other activities:

  • Feed into the Scottish Government’s review of Fair Trade in breakout workshops facilitated by independent consultants. See here for more information.
  • Browse and buy from Fair Trade stalls
  • Meet fellow campaigners
  • Find out about the North Lanarkshire Fairtrade Zone campaign
  • Enjoy a lovely lunch and Fairtrade tea/coffee!

Tea/coffee and lunch is included in the programme.

A friendly welcome guaranteed, even if you have never been to one of our events before.

Comments from attendees at last year’s event:

“It was an enjoyable day and reminded me of the passion for justice from hearing and seeing others.”

“I enjoyed and feel encouraged by event.”

Scottish Fair Trade Forum AGM

The conference will be preceded by the Scottish Fair Trade Forum AGM from 10.00 to 11.00 in the same location. Members will be issued with a formal invitation to the AGM by email. All are welcome to attend the AGM but only members of the Forum can vote.

Venue & Parking

There is parking available in the school playground and on street parking available immediately outside the school e.g. Crawford Street.

The front door to the school (facing Crawford Street) will not be open. Please use the side door. There will be Forum volunteers there to direct you on the day.

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


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!)


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.


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


            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 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.”


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


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.