Sinyanna of Galilee Visit

April 14, 2009

Sinyanna of Galilee Visit

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On Friday 3rd April Samia and Hadas from Sinyanna of Galilee visited Oxford to share their story of working to promote Fair Trade and to support economic development for Arabs inside Israel.

Sindyanna is a Fair Trade organisation led by women striving for a social change. It works with the Arab population in the Galilee region, northern Israel, and seeks to help growers and producers from the Palestinian Occupied Territories. We learnt from Samia and Hadas how Arab farmers inside Israel struggle to find work and sell their products – and how Sindyanna and the Workers Advice Centre ( have been campaigning for legislative change to support Arab workers.

We also heard how Sindyanna combine their commercial activity with work in the community, enhancing Arab women’s empowerment while developing the olive industry. We also heard about how Samia and Hadas had come work with Sindyanna – coming from different backgrounds to share a common goal of empowering women and contributing to economic development amongst Arab farmers inside Israel.

From the Sindyanna website:

“Sindyanna symbolizes a unique cooperation between Arabs and Jews, striving to strengthen the economy of the Arab-Palestinian population, both in Israel and in the Occupied Territories. Sindyanna is not only a means of helping farmers and growers from the South, but also a way of showing that a solution to the Middle East conflict starts at opening real economic opportunities.”

You can find more about Sindyanna on their website here:

The meeting was joint organised by Oxford City Fairtrade Coalition and Fellowship of Reconciliation, (More photos here)


Sindyanna Visit to the UK: Fair Trade for Long Term Solutions

March 28, 2009

Sindyanna of Galilee is unique organisation based on co-operation between Palestinian and Jewish people, based on a mutual belief in equality and Palestinian right to self-determination. Sindyanna has a strong track record in providing women with equal chances and advancing the economic situation of Arab women within Israel. Sindyanna is a ray of hope in an area that suffers from war, occupation and fundamentalism. Founded in 1996, Sindyanna is a member of IFAT, the International Fair Trade Association. Sindyanna’s website can be visited here.

On Friday 3rd April Sindyana are giving a public talk at the Fellowship of Reconciliation’s Peace House with refreshments from 5.30pm for a 6pm start. We also hope to have Tareq Bakri, Oxfam’s Middle East Programme Officer there to say a few words.

Hosted by Fellowship of Reconcilaition and Oxford’s Fair Trade Coalition, there is a suggested £5 donation toward to cost of hosting the event and refreshments.

Please email or call 01865 250 781 for more details. The event is being held at the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Peace House, 19 Paradise Street, Oxford, OX1 1LD.