Thanks to the support of Canadians, Medical Aid for Palestine’s mission is to improve the health condition of Palestinians while respecting their autonomy and self-determination. As well, MAP works to develop cooperation and understanding between Canadians and Palestinians through the exchange of information and resources.
A Bit of History
Medical Aid for Palestine was founded in order to alleviate the suffering of Palestinian civilians during the invasion of Lebanon by the Israeli army during the summer of 1982.
MAP pursues two main goals:
-Coordinate the efforts of diverse groups who wish to provide concrete aid to Palestinians living in the Middle East;
-Inform the public on the political causes and the social consequences of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
MAP attempts to provide help where needs are the most pressing. At the start of the Intifada in December of 1987, MAP’s assistance was provided almost exclusively to organisations in the West Bank and Gaza working in the health field. Since 1995, MAP’s projects target education, health, training, the development of women and youth, the environment and human rights. Since the second Intifada (September, 2002), MAP has focused its efforts towards assisting children and youth in Palestine and southern Lebanon.
Our Documentation Centre
MAP’s documentation centre offers a wide array of information on current Palestinian issues. In addition to many documents on the issues of health and human rights in the Occupied Territories, there are sections on women, education, culture and the environment. There are books, newspapers and an audiovisual section that includes photographs and videocassettes.
Our Consulting Services
In order to serve the Palestinian and Arab community, MAP offers consulting services and referrals in the areas of employment, health and immigration. As well, Map can offer social and legal assistance.
ZEITOUNA - an Arab word meaning « olive, olive tree » or « our oil ».
A Palestinian Olive Oil
Olives have been cultivated on the hills of Palestine for over 3,000 years and they represent today the principle agricultural product of that region.
In addition to being an historical symbol, the olive tree is a precious resource for the Palestinian people who have seen their economic opportunities disappear with the closure of their borders.Palestine is the world's 11th largest producer of olive oil, and the production of this staple food represents the main source of revenue for more than 70,000 Palestinian families (25% of the total population of the West Bank).
Women, in general, represent the largest proportion among agricultural workers. This is even more true in the olive sector.
ZEITOUNA olive oil is imported through the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) which has been a member of the International Fair Trade Association (IFAT) since 2006.
The role of PARC is to:
-Purchase olive oil from 30 different Palestinian farm cooperatives at a just and equitable price
-Assure compliance with fair trade norms
-Provide Palestinian producers with technical and logistical support for the production and export of their oil