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Talk: "Food, agriculture, and water rights in occupied Palestine" (Framingham State)

  • Framingham State University, College Ctr 100 State St Framingham, MA, 01702 United States (map)

Framingham State University, College Center Forum, 5-7 p.m.  A light dinner will be provided at 5 p.m.  The talk will follow and there will be time for Q & A.  All are welcome.  This event is free and sponsored by CELTSS, the Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service

Park behind the College Center or at the Maynard Road lot.  Map

Safeguarding an adequate food and water source is the core of the Palestinian struggle. Prior to the 1967 war in which Israel gained sole control of Jerusalem and set up military
administrations in the occupied territories, agriculture made up approximately 35% of Palestine’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Currently, it only accounts for about 6%. Despite the political and economic challenges, issues of water control, property disputes, and uprooting of olive trees, farmers supply some of the healthiest food in the world. International organizations like the World Food Program, the UN Relief and Works Agency, and the Palestine Fair Trade Association work toward a common goal of improving the lives of Palestinians in general, and for the food and agriculture sector in particular.