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Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
7:00 PM

Speaking Tour of Vancouver Island in early May:

How a Just Peace in Palestine-Israel can save our planet "The planet we call home is in trouble. Human survival depends on strong and determined global action by governments across the world. States act according to international law and work within world governing structures." So says Robert Massoud, founder of Zatoun, fair trade olive oil from Palestine. He further states that "A Just Peace in Palestine-Israel can save our planet." That is also the subject and title of his upcoming talk in Nanaimo, as St Pauls Anglican Church, on Tuesday May 8 at 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). Every one is invited to attend this free event - donations gladly accepted.

Massoud is on 8-stop speaking tour of Vancouver Island. In a nutshell, his talk is: The only way to save human life on the planet is to rescue international law and global governance from impotence and irrelevance. The best place to begin is a true and just peace in Israel-Palestine. Insisting on applying international law and an end to coddling and protecting Israel's actions in the UN will help bring back leadership and moral authority to set a healthy agenda for the planet. No guarantee - just a good place to start.

Robert Massoud is a Palestinian-Canadian. In 2004, he founded Zatoun to build bridges between Palestine and North America through the sale of cultural and symbolic products from Palestine. The main offering is fair trade extra virgin olive oil to serve as a symbol of light, hope and peace. Zatoun is available through the fair trade network, activist and faith communities.

Massoud is invited to speak to a wide range of audiences including faith groups, activist networks and students with a unique message of creative participation and nonviolent resistance engaging Canadians to learn and be in solidarity with Palestinians and their struggle for just peace for Israel-Palestine.

His message is that Israel-Palestine is of direct interest to all humanity and its resolution vital to peace in the world and ultimately to the health of the planet. He believes that appreciating the enormity and wide-ranging impacts of the Israel-Palestine situation creates interest for people to self-educate which is the best path to commitment and effective civil society.

About Zatoun Zatoun is a non-profit grassroots, volunteer-run organization offering cultural and symbolic products from Palestine. Zatoun is North America's oldest remaining seller of Palestinian fair trade olive oil.

Zatoun aims to build a bridge between Palestine and North America using olive oil as a symbol of light, hope and peace, and also a life-giving substance which binds us together in the human experience of eating and sharing. More practically, it provides farmers with means of livelihood.

Zatoun also initiated a worldwide project called Trees for Life – Planting Peace in Palestine, to plant 10,000 olive trees every year in Palestine. Zatoun is also a major supporter of Project Hope providing "art as therapy" to help heal many thousands of children living in refugee camps in Palestine. Since 2004, Zatoun has contributed almost $450,000 to these two projects.

This event is organized by Mid Islanders for Peace and Justice In the Middle East and Global Village Nanaimo. For more information about the event, visit or

Contact: Ken Hiebert 250 245 9525

Cost: Free Event
Category: Everything Else
Location: St. Paul's Anglican Church - Nanaimo
100 Chapel St, Nanaimo
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Ken Hiebert
250 245 9525
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