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BTL:Palestinian Farmer Peacefully Struggles to Save his Family's Property from Israeli Tak
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Palestinian Farmer Peacefully Struggles to Save his Family's Property from Israeli Takeover

Excerpt of speech with Palestinian farmer Daoud Nassar, recorded and produced by Melinda Tuhus

Daoud Nassar lives with his family on 100 acres on a hilltop outside Bethlehem in the Occupied West Bank of Palestine. Although he has documentation dating back to the Ottoman Empire that his family owns the land, the state of Israel has been trying to claim it for 20 years, leading to a long, expensive legal battle. Because the Israelis have forbidden the construction of any new buildings on his property, Nassar founded a group called Tent of Nations -- and set up several large tents to house Israeli, Palestinian and international volunteers who come to tend the land and be a focus of non-violent resistance to Israeli occupation.

With the financial support of a group of Americans, Nassar travels to the U.S. twice a year to speak around the country about his struggle to keep his family's land. The following excerpt of Nassar's talk was recorded on May 3 at St. Patrick/St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hartford, Conn.

Since Daoud Nassar's talk, threats have escalated, when on May 27, Israeli officials ordered the demolition of nine structures built without a government permit during the last two years. Nassar is now taking his fight to save his land to the Israeli Supreme Court. For more information, visit the website http://www.TentofNations.org, or contact their American support group, Friends of Tent of Nations North America, at (301) 320-0049 or through their website http://www.fotonna.org. This segment was recorded and produced by Between The Lines' Melinda Tuhus.

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