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June 2010
Latest Updates and Urgent

June 3rd Update:

Good News from the Tent of Nation!  The Supreme Court of Israel has granted Daoud Nassar, and the Tent of Nations, acceptance of their appeal to deny  the order to demolish the structures on the farm.  It’s a victory for justice and peace!  The military authority has 60 days in which to respond.  So for now, the wonderful activities of the farm will continue on in its mission to build a better future for all people of the region.   On behalf of Friends of Tent of Nations North America, we thank you for your efforts to alert your friends, government representatives and a world of people like yourself.  The engagement is not over. We must continue to expand our circle.  

June 1st Update:

Dear Friends of Tent of Nations all over the world,

Two hours ago, I received a phone call from our Lawyers Mr. Sani Khoury and Mr. Jonathan Kuttab. they received a Fax from the Israeli Military Authority  says that our Appeal against the demolishing orders of our renovations has been refused . They wanted to come today to demolish the renovations, but they gave us ” because of their generosity” another five days time, before coming to demolish those renovations. What can we do with five days time?!

At this moment, we have two options: the first one is to accept the situation as it is and just wait for the Israeli Military to come and destroy the place OR to continue the legal battle by bringing this case in front of the Supreme Court in Israel which might rule to freeze the demolishing orders until it takes a decision. Usually court cases like this will take a year or two, if the Supreme Court decides to freeze the demolishing orders.

 Bringing this case to the Supreme Court will cost us a lot of money and this will increase our financial burden.
We are defending  our land from being confiscated for more than twenty years, we paid a lot for legal expenses, BUT without getting tired.

We are people who believe in Justice, we will continue our just struggle and will bring this case in front of the Israeli Supreme Court challenging the injustice we are facing. In the meanwhile we ask you to keep us in your prayers, to keep writing advocacy letters and to inform as many people as you can about our story.
 I am sure that our efforts together will make a difference. Thank you so much for this support and solidarity.

“But those who wait on the LORD, shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31).

Please find below the letter I received today from our Lawyer Mr. Sani Khoury.

Blessings and Salaam,


Dear Mr. Nassar,
I would like to inform you that we received today a formal response from the Military Authorities denies our appeal against the demolition orders against the renovations that took place on your land. According to the Military Authorities they have decided to reject your appeal in light of the fact that your previous appeals against the demolition orders were rejected. As you are aware all of your previous requests to obtain a license were rejected using the excuse that "there is no current zoning plan in your area". Zoning plans are submitted by the authorities themselves. In your case the authorities did not conclude any zoning plans for your area - indeed they stopped all zoning plans when it became clear that the Supreme Court would not confirm the confiscation of your land. When your land was being confiscated and given to the Newe Daniel settlement plans to build hundreds of building units were being set in place by the authorities themselves.
When the confiscation was suspended and it became clear the land would not be given to the settlement, the zoning plans suddenly changed. In light of this fact you cannot under any circumstances obtain any license for any structure, building or renovation.
You have been given a "grace period" of five days before the demolition takes place.
The only action that can stop this is an injunction by the Supreme Court of Israel, which may or may not grant such an injunction under the circumstances.

Daoud Nassar

Tent of Nations
-People Building Bridges-
P.O.Box 28
Bethlehem -  Palestine
Tel: +972 (0)2-274 3071
Fax: +972(0)2-276 7446
Mobile: +972(0)522 975 985


May 30 Update:

We talked to Daoud by phone this morning. All is quiet on the farm today. Daoud and his family are also surrounded by 10 international volunteers who live on the land. The family has been overwhelmed by the positive support of not only us in the U.S but also others throughout the world. Monday will be a critical day when the courts open and the lawyer for Daoud can verify that the appeal has been heard. We will update this website late on Monday. Thanks for your interest and support for Tent of Nations and the Nassar family.


Dear Friends of Tent of Nations,
 The Nassar Family Farm/Tent of Nations Project is in immediate jeopardy because of actions taken by Israeli authorities on Thursday afternoon, May 27, when two officers from the Israeli Civil Administration, guarded by Israeli soldiers, came to the farm and gave the family nine demolition orders for structures built without a permit from the Israeli Military Authority during the last two years. The orders are set for execution this Sunday, May 30. The Nassars’s attorney has initiated emergency legal action to stave off disaster.

 We are asking you to be prepared to take every possible action, if conditions worsen, demanding that the orders not be executed. In the meantime, please sign this petition with your phone and email and forward this E-mail to your friends asking that they do likewise.  We will post updates at the website  www.fotonna.org.  

Thank you for your solidarity.
 Steering Committee
Friends of Tent of Nations North America.

Further Background:

The Nassar Family Farm/Tent of Nations Project just south of Bethlehem has a long history of modeling peaceful co-existence with its neighbors through teaching courses and providing workshops and conferences for women and youth.  It also provides opportunities for internationals, Israelis and Palestinians to unite in solidarity around a common dream of a just peace. (www.tentofnations.org) The Project has always provided a safe haven for those who are committed to justice, and we want it to continue to do so. 

The pending Israeli Military demolition orders are for tents, animal shelters, metal roofs on both old houses, the restroom shelters, a water cistern, a one-room trailer and two underground renovated cave structures. While one officer wrote the demolition orders on Thursday, the other photographed the structures. Israeli soldiers accompanied them and pointed their guns on the family and volunteers.

The Nassar family has only three days to file objections to those orders which is more difficult because Friday and Saturday are holidays for the Israelis.  Daoud has contacted his lawyer, and he will write an opposition to the orders, and send it to the military court on Sunday morning. The family hopes to get a court order on Sunday morning to stop the demolition action.

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