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Oxfam

NGO Monitor
February 26, 2006

Oxfam has joined forces with Israeli NGO Green Action promoting its Make Trade Fair campaign in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Green Action's "aim of promoting socio-ecological change through direct non-violent action, community service, and youth empowerment," is expressed in a number of its activities, including increasing awareness about the environmental effects of industrial and military activity. However, Green Action sometimes uses human rights rhetoric to give an unbalanced portrayal of the conflict and its victims. Fair trade partners are from areas where "the wide breach of Palestinian human rights is evident," they "suffer from the repercussions of the separation barrier, along with land theft, and the constant harassment of nearby settlers," and their products include olive oil and "za'ater made in Palestine." Green Action's funders include the Heinrich Boell Foundation (Germany), Oxfam GB and the New Israel Fund.



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