A Happy & Blessed Eid Al Adha

Eid al Adha, Jerusalem

Celebrating at the Al Aqsa Mosque — the Dome of the Rock — in Jerusalem earlier this year.  Photo:  The Guardian, London

Many Palestinians will be honouring the tradition of giving to charity during Eid al Adha, as well as enjoying great food and visits with family and friends. Whether you are Palestinian, or would just like to support their struggle under occupation, here are a few suggestions.

In London, Tabun Kitchen is offering a luscious Eid menu, based on Jerusalem home cooking, as well as raising funds for the UK-based  Galilee Foundation which provides educational and cultural support for Palestinians in Israel.

Eid al Adha Menu, Tabun Kitchen

Eid al Adha Menu, Tabun Kitchen

In the US, you can help farmers and communities in the West Bank by purchasing premium olive oil, za’atar (a unique thyme-based seasoning), organic soap and other goodies from Al Ard.  The firm was set up by the Anabtawi Group in Nablus specifically to encourage local production and exports, as well as access to higher education for Palestinians from rural areas.

Al Ard’s olive oil is available in a variety of sizes.  Photo: promosibaraka

Alternatively, you can celebrate the Eid by donating directly to Zaytoun’s tree-planting project in the West Bank. It is run by the Palestine Fair Trade Association and aimed at women and young farmers, as well as those who have lost their fields due to the Israeli occupation and the uprooting of their olive and almond trees by Jewish settlers.

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Helping farmers stay on their land in Jenin. Photo: Trees4Life.com

Whatever you, your family and friends choose to do, A Very Happy Eid from all of us here at InvestPalestine.

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Eid al-Adha Greetings

A time of sacrifice, family and food. A time of giving. Eid Mubarak!

Ayatollah Mohammad-Ali Movahedi Kermani at Eid al Adha prayers, Tehran University October, 2014.

Ayatollah Mohammad-Ali Movahedi Kermani at Eid al Adha prayers, Tehran University, October, 2014.  Photo courtesy of TheIranProject.com.

Let’s hope that the rapprochement with Iran will lead to a safer world. And that it will bring peace and prosperity to all.

With all good wishes,

InvestPalestine.com

Ramadan Kareem

A Palestinian Boy Reads the Quran in the Al Omari Mosque, Gaza City, on the first day of Ramadan. Photograph:  Mohammed Saber/EPA, The National.

A Palestinian Boy Reads the Quran in the Al Omari Mosque, Gaza City, on the first day of Ramadan.
Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA, The National.

Yes, resilience and survival are vital in these days of shattering upheaval….

But so too is a sense of reverence, so that we may preserve our dignity, and our hope for a better future for our children.

— Pam

A Very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year

…With Peace and Justice for All.

  (A wall painting in Gaza, photographed in 2009.  Credit:  Eva Bartlett www.ingaza.wordpress.com.)


(A wall drawing in Gaza by Ibrahim Abu ‘Awyali, photographed in 2009. Credit: Eva Bartlett http://www.ingaza.wordpress.com.)

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From all of us here at PASCOM Associates.

We’ll be back in the New Year, after a long hiatus, to bring you up-to-date on the huge potential of the Palestinian economy and its people…both those living in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, as well as elsewhere in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas.

In January, we’ll be highlighting the forthcoming investment roadshow in London by PalTrade and the Palestine Securities Exchange.

In 2014, the propects for Palestinian trade…imports and exports…as well as for the impressive dividends paid out to those who have invested in the companies listed on its stock exchange, promise to be even brighter, despite all the restrictions. (See the stories below and in the links to the left.)

So, too, does the international interest in realising the critical revenues that could come from exploiting Palestine’s wealth of oil and gas in Gaza and the West Bank.

Fighting back, with fun, in East Jerusalem, December, 2013.  Credit:  (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images) Fighting back, with fun, in East Jerusalem, December, 2013. Credit: Uriel Sinai/Getty Images.

We’ll be reporting on all this, as well as on the growing response of the Palestinian and Arab diaspora to investment opportunities in Palestine, as well as on the other investments…social, cultural, aesthetic and environmental…that so many people of good will have made to Palestinian projects everywhere.

Thanks for reading…and for your patience these past few months, while I have been updating my book, Palestine and the Palestinians 1876 – 1983.

— Pam