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Coronavirus and Palestine

I hope this message finds you safe and well. Like you, I am sheltering at home here in Washington state. My inconvenience is nothing. So many lack health insurance, sick pay, or unemployment insurance here.

And the brave Palestinians are facing a global pandemic while under a hostile military occupation.

Updates from WHO:  You can get Palestine updates on COVID-19 from WHO twice a week by email. Palestine has under 200 cases at this point. We know their health services are starved after years under occupation. Gaza adds over-crowding, widespread poverty and 90% of water not fit to drink, let alone wash hands.
 
Update from Jenin:  All March, Canaan Fair Trade had a complete distancing and sanitation protocol in place. They anticipated Palestine would shutdown so they worked 24 hour/2 shift days in March. They shipped all olive oil orders through June! This is our fair trade farmers’ oil from the olive harvest last fall. Canaan is closed this week.

Palestine and NYC

Emergency meals in NYC:  The Migrant Kitchen, led by a Palestinian chef, is a social impact catering company giving free emergency meals to doctors, nurses and maintenance workers in NYC who are fighting round the clock to save lives.

Typical Palestinian generosity:  Canaan immediately offered to donate maftoul and freekeh in bulk to help them feed hospital staff. See the full story on our blog. You can support The Migrant Kitchen on GoFundMe
 
Emergency meals in Palestine:  Canaan founder Nasser Abufarha says it is impossible to avoid a crisis in Palestine. In anticipation, Canaan is preparing a similar rescue effort.  When needed, they will be ready to deliver free meals from the Canaan Kitchen (on the grounds in Burqin) to health workers in the hospitals of Jenin.
 
Ambassadors, you are precious to us. Please stay safe. Insha'Allah we will come out on the other side of this to a new world of justice and equality and sustainability. The kind of world we want to live in!
Steer people to Canaan Palestine website for organic and fair trade olive oil and artisan food shipped safely to their doorstep while they shelter at home.  This is the product of the Palestinian farmers you support. 
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