Charities Advisory Trust

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Peace Oil is an initiative of the Charities Advisory Trust,[1] a UK-based registered charity, led by Hilary Blume[2] which supports fund-raising by other charitable organisations. The charity describes the olive oil as "produced in Israel by Jews, Arabs, Druze and Bedouin working together ...(it) encourages co-operation between communities". The olives are grown in the foothills of the Carmel Mountains and pressed within hours of picking to produce extra virgin olive oil. The project has been running since 2006 when the oil was launched at an Israel Expo Day organised by the Zionist Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, which promoted it as a way "to support Israel’s vibrant trade...to make a difference to the actual future of Israel."[3]

Criticism[edit]

Olive trees and oil have been central to disputes in the Israeli-occupied territories with accounts of the destruction of Palestinian olive groves].[4][5] The Charities Advisory Trust has been asked[6] to explain which disadvantaged communities benefit from this enterprise and to justify their claims about the benefits of Peace Oil. A competing Palestinian company has suggested that the oil is a distraction from fairly traded oil being produced by Palestinian farmers in the occupied territories.[7]

An unrelated product, marketed in the USA as Peace Oil, is produced from Palestinian olives, and marketed in cooperation with Israeli and Palestinian Fair Trade groups. According to supporters, "Unlike the London version, it is mostly olive oil from the West Bank where economic assistance is most needed".[8]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Charities Advisory Trust". Charities Advisory Trust. Archived from the original on October 19, 2014. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Keeping Faith". The Guardian. December 7, 2004. Archived from the original on September 17, 2014.
  3. ^ Bunder, Leslie (November 22, 2006). "Israel Expo Day". Something Jewish. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Azoulay, Yuval (June 22, 2007). "Probe: W. Bank settlers uproot 300 Palestinian olive trees". Haaretz. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  5. ^ MacAskill, Ewen (April 13, 2001). "Family olive groves fall to Israeli attacks". The Guardian. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  6. ^ Tran, Mark (December 7, 2007). "War of words over an oil named Peace". The Guardian. Retrieved November 27, 2014.
  7. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2007/dec/07/israel
  8. ^ Murphy, John. "Peace being sown among olive trees". Olives 101.com. Retrieved November 27, 2014.

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