The Olive and The Wall, 2 February 2017

d9f4af_c6f1871ed7da422182bf2fb7f289e591_mv2.pngAfter our AGM, Sylvia Ruxton , SFOP chair, gave a talk with photos of her recent visit to Israel and Palestine.  Her trip included tours of East Jerusalem, refugee camps in Bethlehem and Palestinian date growers operating with difficulty in the Jordan valley. She also spent time with olive growers harvesting their crop and was particularly impressed by the support for olive cooperatives to develop and by the passion people had for their products.

After the talk, as well as Palestinian food products, there were crafts for sale from a number of organisations supporting women and the disabled that Sylvia had visited, including Oasis in Beit Sahour, which gives work to people with learning difficulties as does Ma’an lil Hayat in Bethlehem.