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Raja Bannoura - West Bank

Raja Bannoura - West Bank

The Raja Bannoura workshop produces hand-carved olive wood products from the West Bank. "This is more than a job," says Bannoura, "it is part of our heritage." Beit Sahour is a Palestinian village on the eastern side of Bethlehem, where the economy has been devastated and almost all aspects of daily life complicated by road closures and travel restrictions. Here, Raja Bannoura coordinates orders for olive wood carvers and workshops. He collects pruned olive branches and wood, ensuring that olive trees are not cut down for carving purposes. In the West Bank, where employment is scarce, the sale of olive wood creations provides desperately needed income.