Greetings from Bethlehem! It is something special to celebrate Christmas in the place where the word became flesh.
More than two thousand years ago, the shepherds who were also living under occupation came to see the newborn King. Hopelessness, frustration, and fear didn’t stop them from making this risky trip to come and see. They had to overcome many obstacles in order to reach Bethlehem. Their journey didn’t end but started there; they went back and shared the message of hope with all people.
Today, our situation in Palestine is not much different from the situation of the shepherds 2,000 years ago. We are still living in hopelessness, in frustration, and in fear. Many questions are left open and without answers.
With the end of this year in sight, we complete 24 years of legal battle to prevent our farm from being confiscated. Still, we are people who believe in justice and we are proud to follow a different path of creative and non-violent resistance. We will overcome negativity with positivity, darkness with light, and hatred with love under our slogan: “We refuse to be Enemies.”
The message of the Tent of Nations for the year 2016 is to continue to work on transforming hopelessness, frustration, pain, and fear into a positive power that is able to change us and make a difference. With faith, with love, and with hope, we will continue our journey for justice.
We wish you happy celebrations and a wonderful new year, a year full of hope, love, and the fulfillment of your dreams. We ask God to renew your and our strength for this coming year to carry on and continue to work together for justice and peace.
The Tent of Nations is inviting you to come and see and then go and share the message of hope with all people, just as the shepherds did 2,000 years ago.
Blessings and Salaam from the land that is thirsty for peace and justice.
Daoud Nassar & family
Tent of Nations
-People Building Bridges-