Blood, Sweat and Tears in a Bottle of Palestinian Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

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Abstract:

This paper examines the trajectory of fairtrade extra-virgin olive oil from its troubled production in Palestine, to its convoluted and difficult circulation in the West Bank and out of Israel, to ethical consumers abroad who buy it out of solidarity with Palestinian farmers. I examine the emotions embedded in the product: the blood, sweat and tears of the Palestinian producer and the sympathy of the consumers. The deleterious conditions of production in Palestine affect its possible trajectories. The consumers of Palestinian olive oil effect an embodied expression of opposition to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Keywords: ISRAEL; NUTRITION AND SEMIOTIC VALUE; OLIVE OIL; OLIVE TREES; PALESTINE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/175174411X12893984828872

Publication date: June 1, 2011

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