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Jewish 'Voice For Peace' Supports Palestinian Farmers

The Arab American News, news report, Posted: Jan 30, 2009

Detroit The Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) chapter in Detroit, along with other U.S. chapters, is organizing to help Palestinian farmers in the West Bank sustain their income, reports the Arab American News. The JVP is purchasing Palestinian olive oil from the farmers and selling it in the U.S. The oil comes directly from Palestinian farmers, and has won several international awards, says the news report."It looks good, feels good, tastes good, and does good," said Barbara Harvey, a member of JVP's Detroit coordinating committee. Harvey said that there is a tremendous need for such programs due to the Israeli occupation, "Palestinians, even in the West Bank, can't move around enough to maintain commerce in any kind of a normal way that is viable."

Proceeds from oil sales in the U.S. support JVP's operating costs, and JVP has said they will continue to purchase oil from Palestinian farmers if demand remains high.

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