MENA Catalyst

Ghassan Amayra is the director of MENA Catalyst, a a social enterprise aimed at transforming the entrepreneurship and youth employment landscape in Palestine. Along with a group of talented and committed Palestinians from around the world they are working to build a “Palestinian virtual global economy".

The Olive Season

October marks the start of the Olive Harvest season in Palestine. The olive tree industry is a vital part of Palestinian identity, history and culture and makes up a large percentage of their income and food supply. Since 1967, the olive harvest tradition is in danger by settlers and the IDF soldiers, who attack farmers, destroy trees and steal their olives after they have been collected, making the Palestinian farmers fear for their livelihood.

The Freedom Flotilla Coalition

Youssef Sammour, a Palestinian Kiwi who joins the freedom Flotilla Coalition that sails the European seas, spreading awareness and raising funds for the people of Gaza.

Palestine Down Under

Samira Taweel was born in Haifa in 1942.  Raised in a family of seven children, she grew up with very over protective siblings. Now a grandmother, she has been living in Australia since 1958 and reminiscences about her bittersweet past filled with memories of her beloved homeland, Palestine.

Tasting the Sky

Maha reviews this groundbreaking memoir set in Ramallah during the aftermath of the 1967 Six-Day War. The author captures what it is like to be a child whose world is shattered by war, stitching together memories of her childhood: fear and confusion as bombs explode near her home and she is separated from her family; the harshness of life as a Palestinian refugee; her unexpected joy when she discovers Alef. A definite must read says Maha.

My Memories of 1948

Samia Nasir Khoury is a community volunteer who served as national president of the YWCA in Palestine, and as President of the Rawdet  El-Zuhur School in Jerusalem. Samia lives in Jerusalem and was married to the late Yousef Khoury and was fortunate to live and enjoy Palestine before 1948.

July 4 PalStyle BBQ

Summer is the perfect time for family gatherings and outdoor picnics. On the 4th of July, Mai Kakish loves to celebrate being an American with Palestinian Roots with a delicious family BBQ.

Happy Canada Day

There are many things that give me pleasure in being able to say “I am Canadian”. One being how vast and stunning the country is and most importantly, how precious the values Canadians share. The importance of equality, inclusion, democracy, economic security, safety, diversity, openness, sustainability, respect and compassion are what makes us admired around the world and what makes me proud to be Canadian. Happy Birthday Canada!

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The Plant Revolution

My Olive Roots enjoyed a delicious vegan breakfast with Plant-Based Nutrition Consultant and owner of Wholly Mama Lifestyle Consultancy Company, Amanda Mattar, on "why vegan is in vogue".

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Ramadan, Reminiscing and Recipes

Muna reminisces about growing up in Canada. Every meal her family shared together was special. It was also during those beautiful family meals that her father would share interesting stories about his childhood in Palestine. This Ramadan, she hosted a Palestinian ‘iftar’ dinner with some traditional recipes.

Ramadan in Palestine

Like their brethren all over the world, Palestinian Muslims are observing the month of Ramadan. But they also face unique challenges performing their Ramadan duties under Israeli occupation and discrimination. Conflict simmers with the heat, deprivation and restrictions.

Never Forget the Nakba

Even 70 years later, May 15th, 1948 denotes stark differences amongst communities. For Palestinians, it is known as the ‘Al-Nakba’ or the catastrophe. As consciousness dawns, the majority of the global community appreciates that healing this scourge is the only route to harmony and civil society. Palestinians in the diaspora talk to MyOliveRoots about what the 'Nakba' means to them.

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Life in Gaza and the Women’s March

The Women of Gaza will stand together and march at the border to demand their freedom and Rights of Return. The 45-day protest, known as the 'Great March of Return’ rally, has united tens of thousands of Gazans in their misery and their hope, resulting in clashes, leaving scores dead from Israeli fire.

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Easter in Jerusalem

In the proverbial tug of war between Christians, Muslims and Jews, Jerusalem is the ultimate prize. This ancient city dangerously weaves politics with religion rendering the fabric of society delicate at best, dangerous at worst. Despite the ugliness, Christian pilgrims flock to Jerusalem during Holy Week festivities.

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Tabari’s Tale

When I first moved to Abu Dhabi and began working with the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, one prominent businessman and philanthropist I met was Marwan Rashid Tabari.

Farah Nabulsi

Swimming The Oceans Of Injustice

Getting personal with Farah Nabulsi, a former banker and entrepreneur turned filmmaker and social activist working to bring about a positive change in perceiving Palestine.

Remembering Edward Said

Edward Said was remembered as the most articulate and visible supporter of the Palestinian cause in the US, where it ignited antagonism.

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My Father’s Story

A bittersweet tale of my father’s childhood in Palestine. This is his story of joy and trepidation, trauma and resilience.

Jerusalem — A Cookbook

Exploring the vibrant cuisine of their home city, with its melting pot of Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities, two chefs with an eye for aesthetics share an intimate voyage through food that has me aching for more.

O, Little Town Of Bethlehem!

I've always wondered what it would be like to commemorate Christmas in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Is it as festive an occasion as in the Western world? I’ve also pondered how a celebration is even possible with the illegal eight-metre high segregation wall that splits Palestine and Israel. This unsightly physical divide creates a rift between communities that is bigger than the 8-metre wall itself and deeper than its concrete foundation.