For the 8th Year in a Row: A Bazaar for Palestinian Women in Jerusalem

Last week, a special bazaar was created in Jerusalem. All the products being sold at this particular bazaar were produced and being sold exclusively by Palestinian women. The organizers of the bazaar lauded the event, stating that the events surrounding the bazaar were “A great success for us.”  

​"R" sat among the various stalls in a corridor of the Ambassador Hotel in Jerusalem, in front of her, a table full of jewelry that she had begun producing five years ago, when she fell in love with the craft. She lives in Judea and Samaria and in order to obtain the best materials she travels to Jordan. There, she purchases pearls, crystals, and precious stones in order to make her jewelry. Today, she sells her jewelry throughout the entirety of Judea and Samaria.

“R” is just one of more than 100 Palestinian women who sold their products during a two day bazaar in the Ambassador Hotel in Jerusalem. The hotel hall had become a lively market full of clothes, blankets, bags, souvenirs, jewelry, cheeses, soaps and olive oil. One of the organizers of the event said that "There are women here from Judea and Samaria, Gaza and Jerusalem, and this is the eighth year (of this event). In the first year there were 20 Palestinian women, and today there are more than 100 participants, with 30 women coming from Gaza and the rest from Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem."

 

When the project began eight years ago, the Palestinian women came to the bazaar only to present their products and sell them. Today, the annual project has developed so that Palestinian women come to Israel for a few days to learn and be trained in various areas and techniques that can help them promote their businesses. They attend lectures on various topics such as how to run their businesses and promote them and how to market correctly on social networks.

"This project empowers women and supports the Palestinian economy," said one of the event’s organizers."When you support creativity and enable it, there are more jobs and when there are more jobs, the economy can boom, and a flourishing economy can promote peace."

 

Last year, a fashion show of Palestinian clothing and handmade jewelry was added as an event to the bazaar. "Every year it's important for us to make this a bigger and more significant event," added one of the organizers of the event. "Everyone comes here, tourists, Palestinians and Israelis."

One of the saleswomen, who came from Gaza, stood and sold her clothes, also handmade, fulfilling a dream she had as a child to create her own traditional clothes. The special bazaar allows women, whose environment does not always allow them, to take pride in their work, and to make more Palestinian women realize their dream of creating and owning an independent and successful business