Mark D. Roberts

Mark D. Roberts


Give Back to Bethlehem.org

posted by Mark D. Roberts

I’ve recently become aware of a business venture that seems, as far as I can tell, to be working towards peace between Israel and Palestine in a creative way. God knows we need some new approaches over there. The goal of Give Back to Bethlehem.org is to sell apparel made in a Bethlehem factory. It seems to represent an usual cooperative effort among diverse and often divided peoples. Give Back to Bethlehem.org is part of No Sweat apparel, which is a for-profit company. (Photo: a Christian fish-emblem t-shirt made by Palestinians in Bethlehem and sold by an American company owned by a Jewish couple. Now that’s something!)
Here’s a video from Al Jazeera that reports on this operation.
And here are some published stories about this business:

From Sojourners Magazine
From Haaretz
From the Boston Globe

I’m interested in your thoughts about this effort. Leave a comment if you wish. Thanks.



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Dianne

posted January 10, 2008 at 1:03 pm


What an interesting approach Adam Nieman has. While I think he overstates the boon to mankind that labor unions are, I believe he has a solid point about good business making good democracies. It seems that, at the base of so many radical movements, people are really just looking for an opportunity to provide for their families and, as Nieman said, catch an even break. Let’s give them those opportunities without the violence and bloodshed. I have to admit, I have a real soft spot for idealism backed up by practical solutions. I’ll be keeping No Sweat Apparels website in my favorites. Thanks for sharing this story – I had not heard of it in any other way.



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