A Palestinian farmer in the occupied West Bank village of Beit Lahiya, located in the northern Gaza Strip, has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the best kosher producers in the region.
He is credited with creating one of Israel’s best-selling crops, as well as a number of other unique and unique Jewish crops, such as Yiddish bread, the national dish of the Israeli Knesset.
He has also worked with the Israel Agriculture Ministry, which was in charge of cultivating the agricultural land.
“We are a very important producer of kashrut, and we produce kosher food, but I think we need to improve,” said Hani Hamdan, an agricultural engineer who started selling his produce in 2006.
“In the last five years, the situation has improved a lot, and the market is not as small as it used to be.”
According to Hamdan’s calculations, the Israeli government has allocated approximately $500 million to help the Palestinian farmers in the past five years.
That is an average of $100 per head, and in the last two years, they have received around $5,000, according to Hamdans calculations.
While the average price of Israeli-produced kashrus has increased in recent years, it has not always been free.
In 2012, the price of a single cup of kashesrut was about $1,600 in the West Bank, and it can reach $7,500 in the Gaza Strip.
That was a drop of more than 70 percent since the first year of the Knessets new mandate, according an Israeli Agriculture Ministry report released in 2014.
However, Hamdan said that the farmers are not going to stop growing their produce.
“We are not stopping,” he said.
“Our work is continuing.”
For the past several years, he said, his farmers have grown more and more of their produce on land that had been taken from the local residents in the 1980s.
“A lot of people had been evicted from their homes because of the Palestinian Authority,” he explained.
“This land was given to the Palestinian people, and there was nothing to do with the Palestinians.
The land belonged to the state.
I have to ask them: ‘Why did you have to take this land from us?’
It was their land, they had no right to take it.”
Hammdan is a supporter of the two-state solution, which is a non-violent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The two-states solution has been endorsed by Israel, the United States and the European Union.
The Knessites mandate for the farmers was in the wake of the 2014 Gaza conflict, in which Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian faction, fought over the Palestinian territories.
The conflict resulted in the death of nearly 500 Palestinian children.
According to the United Nations, over 500,000 Palestinians were internally displaced by the conflict.
In addition, over one million Israelis lost their lives in the conflict, which left hundreds of thousands homeless.
The farmers’ success in the farming business was a major factor in the Kitzur conflict, Hamdains neighbors told Al Jazeera.
“It is not an easy situation,” he added.
“The situation is not fair.
We can grow this product but the farmers have to pay the farmers’ share.”
A growing number of Israelis have been protesting against the Palestinian-led boycott movement, calling it a colonialist boycott.
In January, Israeli farmers held a walkout to protest the boycott, which has forced a number Israeli companies to halt their business with the Palestinian agricultural sector.
In June, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered a crackdown on the boycott movement.
“The Israeli farmers are doing a lot to change the image of the boycott,” said Zvi Tsur, an Israeli journalist and former president of the farmers union.
“Israel is the only country in the world that has not adopted the two states solution.
It is the first country to do so.”
According the farmers, the boycott is a form of colonialism and an economic blockade against the Palestinians, which harms their economy and causes an increase in violence.
In 2014, Israel banned imports of olive oil from Palestinian companies.
The government has also tightened the laws on olive oil imports from the Gaza and the Westbank, banning the export of olive oils to Gaza.
“This boycott is harming our economy, hurting the farmers and hurting the economy of the whole of Israel,” said Hamdan.
“There are no jobs here.”
As a result of the growing anti-boycott sentiment, Israeli consumers have been increasingly turning to Palestinian-produced goods.
Israeli consumers are also turning to non-Jewish Israeli producers such as American and European brands such as Dior and Calvin Klein, according a recent survey conducted by the Israeli consumer group Israel Consumer Watch.
“Many consumers are finding that Israeli products are more affordable and they are finding more affordable products from the Palestinian products,” said Tsur.
“It’s a very positive development for Israel.”