A Palestinian bakery in the West Bank town of Jenina has launched a crowdfunding campaign to provide free cookies for its customers.
The campaign, called Bake for Jenin, has already raised over $15,000 for its creation of 15 different flavours, including chocolate, apple and vanilla.
The cookies, which are served in jars, are baked from scratch at the bakery and are delivered to families with limited access to refrigeration.
“I am a baker in Jenin and I wanted to make cookies for the residents of Jenins neighborhood who live under occupation,” the website states.
“It is not easy to make a good quality and fresh food, and we wanted to share this with the people of Jeninas.
The community of Jeninos has always been an example of tolerance, and I want to use this opportunity to show my support for them.”
A Palestinian baker in the area, Mahmoud Ali, told Al Jazeera that the campaign aims to make it easier for residents to get a hand in making cookies.
“When the [Israeli] occupation forces came to Jenin [in December, 1948], they destroyed all the bakeries, but they left the people with nothing,” he said.
“For the bakery owners, it’s a privilege to do their work and to be part of this community.”
This is a way of sharing food and creating jobs.
“He added that his business was one of the few remaining in the village that was not destroyed by the Israeli occupation.”
The occupation is destroying our culture.
It’s like we have lost our identity,” Ali added.
A Palestinian man looks through a window as he makes bread at his bakery in Jenina, on January 8, 2019, in the southern West Bank settlement of Ariel.
A new bakery has opened in the town, opening its doors to the public for the first time.
Palestinian baker Mahmoud Ali in the Palestinian town of Bethlehem, on March 25, 2020.
Palestinian citizens of Jenino are not allowed to work, study, or hold government positions.
In Jenino, a Palestinian official told Al-Monitor, “If you don’t have the right documents, you are not a Palestinian.”
The new bakery will have a counter where customers can buy their favourite flavours and a small fridge where the bakery will stock all its products.
The bakery will also be selling a new bakery menu that will include desserts, sandwiches and more.”
This will help us make our breads and bake our cookies.””
The main request is that the bakery is open for everyone to make sweets.
This will help us make our breads and bake our cookies.”
Ali said the bakery was not planning to open a restaurant as the bakery had no space for that.
He said the campaign was a “good opportunity to bring back the old bakery that was destroyed by occupation.”
The bakery is the latest in a number of initiatives by Palestinians and their supporters to get their fair share of bread.
In January, the city of Bethlehem launched the first bakery in Bethlehem, which will serve up freshly baked bread to Palestinian residents.
The bakery, located in the city’s al-Huda neighborhood, is run by the Palestinian Community Council and will have four kitchens and a bakery, but the bakery can only serve bread to the residents.
The initiative will be run by a local baker named Abu Ghafar, who also runs a bakery in al-Mabhouh, a city in the northern West Bank.