PARTNERING FOR PALESTINIAN PROSPERITY
I’m writing to express my desire to support Palestinian Businesses and entrepreneurs. I believe its far more constructive to focus our energy and resources on practically supporting positive creative Palestinian ventures, instead of criticising Israel.
With Bilateral trade and investment between Israel and the UK growing year on year, attempts to Boycott, Divest and Sanction Israel has failed to make a positive difference for the enterprising Palestinian Businessman or woman that want to get on a build a more promising future.
Last year, I also co-led a group of international and local musicians as part of Music on The Wind tour, performing live to communities on ‘both sides’ of Israel and the West Bank. The aim was to invest in the people through the healing and restoration power of live music, regardless of their background.
In the spring of 2019 two friends and I opened the International Prayer Room in Bethlehem. The aim is to encourage Westerners visiting Israel to spend time in the West Bank, and find sanctuary in one of the most politically contested areas of the world.
During the spring tour I met with Palestinian businessmen and women in the West Bank, to try to understand what they need from Western consumers and businesses to help them and other Palestinians build a prosperous and financially independent future. This inspired me to write a series of articles called Partnering for Palestinian Prosperity. The articles are being published of Times Of Israel Blogs section.
The aim of the series is to demonstrate that under very challenging circumstances, Palestinians have persevered to build businesses and viable ventures that are worthy of active encouragement and investment.
I put forward the case that partnering with Palestinian businesses through trade is essential in creating a legacy of economic sustainability, and peaceful and prosperous co-existence between communities in the region.
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