Growing up as a first generation Palestinian American, I've always had a deep connection to my homeland of Palestine. It's a place that is often misunderstood and misrepresented in western media, and I wanted to do something to change that. My dream was to use food as a medium for conversation.
Named after my grandmother, who at the age of 85 still tends to our olive groves in Palestine, Othmana is a testament to the resilience and resistance of my people. These olive trees have been in our family for generations, and they have witnessed the struggles and triumphs of our people.
Through Othmana, I wanted to bring a different perspective to the conversation about Palestine. I wanted to showcase the beauty and richness of our culture and our land, and what better way to do that than through our food?
The olive oil industry in Palestine has faced many challenges over the years, from restrictions on exporting to the destruction of olive trees by the Israeli military and settlers. But despite all of this, our olive groves continue to thrive, and they are a symbol of hope and perseverance for our people.
With Othmana, we are not just selling a product, we are sharing a story. A story of a family who has tended to these olive trees for generations, and a story of a people who have faced adversity but continue to resist and thrive.
As a 24-year-old Palestinian American, I am proud to be carrying on this legacy and to be using food as a way to start important conversations about Palestine. I am grateful for the opportunity to share our story with the world, and I hope that Othmana can be a small part of a larger movement towards understanding and peace.