Project information

Forbidden Fruit

The project will work with Jewish, Christian and Muslim women in Manchester and use Middle Eastern food as a way to build community cohesion and reduce tensions.

January 2013 - December 2013

Charity information: The Forum For Discussion Of Israel And Palestine (fodip)

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  • Need


    For Jewish and Muslim communities in Britain, events in Israel/Palestine often affect good relations. Christians and others also may have strong views about the issue which cause conflict. Evidence shows that differences over the Middle East lead to community tensions, aggressive behaviours and even violence. Calls for boycotts of goods affect supermarkets and others.


    FODIP will run seminars for women in Manchester which focus on Middle Eastern food. These will include both dialogue on attitudes to food and goods from the Middle East, including fair trade issues and women's cooperatives, and provide opportunities to eat together. Sharing a meal is a major factor in promoting peaceful relations, especially in the Middle East. Women are the focus because they still play a major role in food production and buying, and also may have stories to tell.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To bring women from different backgrounds together to consider difficult issues in a relaxed way.


    » Run sessions where women can explore their own and others' attitudes to the Middle East in a practical way, through the medium of food.
    » Provide opportunities for women to explore practical issues of fair trade, food boycotts and programmes run by Israeli and Palestinian women.

    What success will look like

    Success will be having the involvement of around 25 different women from at least 3 different cultural or religious backgrounds in the seminars.

    Aim 2

    To promote co-operation locally in a Middle East project for national Inter faith Week 2013.


    » Involve women from the dialogue groups in organising and delivering a 'Jerusalem Market' event showcasing issues and produce from the Middle East

    What success will look like

    Success will be in welcoming over 300 visitors to the Jerusalem Market events or exhibitions.

  • Impact


    The project will enable improved communication between Jews, Christians, Muslims and others on difficult issues, particularly where they involve the Middle East. Success will be measured not only by anecdotal evidence of reduced tensions around these issues, but by a 15% increase of women in cross-communal initiatives locally where this includes women from the project.


    There are two sets of risks involved. Practically, we will consult an approved expert regarding health and safety and food issues. We will also ensure that kosher, halal and other requirements are met as far as possible. The other risks involve the exploration of potentially divisive issues. FODIP has devised tried and tested methods for introducing and dealing with these in the Middle East context. The important point is that those involved get to know each other as individuals.


    We will keep donors updated by means of regular newsletters. they will also be invited to the Jerusalem Market events.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,660

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      Amount Heading Description
      £960 Seminars Running 4 seminars for women in 2 locations.
      £200 Food costs Expenses for food and other consumables
      £2,500 Final events Jerusalem Market events
  • Background


    Manchester is home both to the second largest Jewish community in the UK and also has a large Muslim population. It has experienced considerable tensions as a direct result of events in the Israeli/Palestinian situation, but it also has a good interfaith network and channels for cooperation.


    This project will help in the construction of community cohesion. It will encourage good personal relations between individuals across the communal divide, and especially it will give a voice to women who might otherwise feel marginalised.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    FODIP has a strong Manchester base. We are experienced in helping people with strong and conflicting views talk about the Middle East in a positive and constructive way.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jane Clements

    Director of FODIP. Jane will manage the project, with the help of volunteers. She is experienced in project management and dialogue on this topic.