This Palestinian olive oil soap is essentially the same as that which was brought to Europe by Crusaders and prized by Queen Elizabeth I. Palestinian farmers make it without perfume or other additives, using oil from local olive trees.
Many of these trees no longer exist. More than 2.5 million olive and other fruit trees have been destroyed by Israeli forces confiscating the land for Jewish Settlements.
Canaan Fair Trade Co., (www.canaanfairtrade.com) a supplier certified by the Palestinian Fair Trade Association, brings this soap from Palestinian producers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. The PFTA promotes economic partnerships based on equality, justice and sustainable agricultural practices.
Proceeds from the sale of this soap benefit the Palestinian producers and the International Solidarity Movement, which sends volunteers to Palestine for nonviolent resistance against Israeli land confiscation and military occupation.