Tent of Nations Update 

June 2, 2024

 

 

The Nassar family welcomes the season’s new visitors and volunteers to the family’s farm, Tent of Nations! We are grateful for the fellowship of visitors and the efforts of volunteers staying to help our farm flourish. During these difficult times, the presence of international visitors and volunteers provides immeasurable support as we continue to prevent confiscation of our family farm, located in Area C of the Occupied West Bank, Palestine.

 

We thank the representatives from the eight European Government missions for their visit on May 31, 2024, where they witnessed the extremely concerning developments happening on our land and received a briefing from our lawyer. We are grateful for all the action that they will take on our behalf so that we may complete the re-registration of all our land and farm our land in safety.

 

With all eyes focused on Gaza, more Palestinian land in the West Bank is being taken. We have not escaped these circumstances. Since March 2024, Israelis have started construction of two roads on our private property, with a third road that will encroach our land if construction continues. We have appealed to the Supreme Court, which had previously ruled that our land is not to be touched while we undergo its re-registration process. On April 21, 2024, the Supreme Court issued an order preventing the State from doing anything on our land until further orders. Yet, Israelis continue to enter and work on our land—as recently as May 31, 2024. In the meantime, on May 27, 2024, in what appears to be establishment of a new outpost, Israeli settlers placed an RV directly abutting our Nassar’s land.

 

In addition, we, like other Palestinian farmers, have been facing additional restrictions on accessing our land and regular intimidation and harassment by Israeli soldiers and settlers while trying to farm. We are grateful for the accompaniment of the many regular visitors and volunteers to our farm. Their presence significantly helps us to farm our land without fear.

 

We have been engaged in a 34-year legal struggle to re-register our land (as required by Israeli law since their property is in Area C of the Occupied West Bank). The next court hearing regarding our registration is scheduled for July 2, 2024. This hearing (if not cancelled), will be the 11th in a series of hearings that began only in 2021, many years after the Israeli Supreme Court ruled, in 2006, that we be allowed to re-register our land. The current situation and now the new road construction heighten the urgency for our family that these delays end and a just outcome secured, that is, completion of the re-registration process recognizing our ownership of all our land.

 

Tent of Nations welcomes many visitors each year and hopes they return often! Thank you for walking with us on our journey for justice. Please contact us for more information on how to get involved. And our journey continues with faith, love and hope. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Tent of Nations (ToN) website

We would like to inform you about our mission and work. We would like to invite you to visit the ToN and to share our story of faith, love and hope. With this, we would like to build a bridge between people and people, and between people and the land.

The ToN – an educational and ecological family farm

In 2019, we hosted about 13,000 people who visited the Tent of Nations and heard its story. We hope that those people from over 40 countries who came to see, went back home motivated and told the ToN’s story of hope, faith and love.

We also hosted many volunteers from around the world who stayed on the ToN for a week and up to three months. Others came to help for a day or/and participated in one of our work camps we are running on yearly basis. We would like to invite you to become a friend and be part of our work. Together we can accomplish a lot, and together, we can make a difference.

We hope that more people will visit us this year and in the coming ones to come as they did before the Corona pandemic.

We have made it our mission to build a bridge between people and between people and the land. We bring people together to create an understanding and respect to the environment. Therefore, we run educational projects at the ToN, our family organic farm in the hills southwest of Bethlehem in Palestine. The ToN family farm is becoming a center where people from many countries come to learn, to share and build bridges of understanding and hope.

What we do

 We offer work camps and volunteering activities, run children’s summer camps and a women empowerment program, and welcome groups and visitors.

Throughout the year, we host several work camps which help to maintain the farm and support the ToN mission. Our goal is it to help people understand the importance of the land and to feel more connected to the ground and to our environment. The dates of the workcamps can be found below.

We run empowerment programs for women and children from the Bethlehem area. And the purpose is to let them discover their talents, increase their confidence and self-esteem, to focus on their positives, and to believe in themselves that they are able to shape their future even in their difficult daily struggle that they have to face. Please look into our programs and activities.

We welcome international volunteers to join us on a short or/and long-term. People from all over the world are welcome to ToN, to use this opportunity and also to help in our projects.

We welcome individual visitors and groups to learn about our history, experience our active and peaceful resistance on the ground, and to learn more about the general situation in Palestine.

Please note that we are not an NGO. We are a small educational and environmental family farm that welcomes individuals and groups to visit, to volunteer and to be encouraged to hear our story of hope in the middle of this darkness. We are not affiliated with any organization and we are supported by church groups and other international private friends of ToN.

Our goals

We want to develop a positive approach to conflict management. In the face of great injustice, we know that we should not hate, despair or flee. We refuse to be enemies and we try to transform our pain and frustration into positive actions that will help us to create a better future.

We want to help the oppressed and the marginalized to realize that they are powerful, and that they can also do something positive, even if they have to live under difficult conditions. We all have the task to create the future with our own hands and not to wait for others to do it for us. At the ToN, we want to work with others and to build the foundation for a better future – believing that justice and peace should grow from the bottom and up. At ToN, we connect people with the land and to our common environment. We need them to appreciate this wonderful gift that GOD gave to humanity, and to help protecting it for the generations to come.

Vision for the land

Although we have still a long way to go with many challenges, we are working towards towards being self-sufficient in terms of food, water, and electricity. One day we hope to be able to cover the costs of our programs and activities through what we generate from the farm. Our long-term vision is to develop an Environmental Educational Center on the farm where children and youth can learn about sustainability, alternative energy, organic farming and community building. We hope to prepare young people to make a positive contribution to their future and to their culture by introducing values of tolerance and understanding. We want to help in creating a new generation that can bear the responsibility and care about the environment. We look forward to continuing to welcome many volunteers and vistors to the ToN, and to keep hope alive.