Tent of Nations Update

2014-09-29 PEM17551

From Beth Moore and Bill Plitt / FOTONNA
November 9, 2016


Following a recent refusal by the Military Court in the West Bank to grant permits to the Nassars for building two structures on their farm, one for a cave for volunteers and one for a machine shop, a demolition order was received by Daoud from the Military Court. It could mean that the two buildings would be demolished at any time by the military. Daoud feels he cannot be away from the farm at such a tenuous time.


Dear Friends,

We heard from Daoud Nassar early this morning, that due to urgent developments on the farm, he has decided, with great regret, that he will not be able to be present for the tour in Colorado this next week.

One of the constraints under which Palestinian’s operate is the requirement to obtain permits to build structures on their land. They follow the law and try to obtain the necessary permits, but they are never forthcoming. Daoud and his family have chosen a path of non-violent resistance, and move ahead to build structures on their land — many of them in underground caves. When this is discovered either by the Israeli military, or the occupation government (COGAT) demolition orders for the structures are ordered. There are some 30 demolition orders on structures on the Nassar’s land.

The form of resistance that the Nassars have chosen has meant that they lodge appeals in the Israeli supreme court to have the orders rescinded. (The court has never made a decision on the appeals, but the fact that they have accepted the appeals means, theoretically, that the military is prohibited from acting on the demolition orders.)

Following a recent refusal by the Military Court in the West Bank to grant permits to the Nassars for building two structures on their farm, one for a cave for volunteers and one for a machine shop, a demolition order was received by Daoud from the Military Court. Daoud’s lawyer filed an appeal with the Israeli Supreme court. They have not yet heard from the court that the appeal has been accepted. If they do not hear from the court, there is ambiguity in what could happen. It could mean that the two buildings would be demolished at any time by the military. Daoud feels he cannot be away from the farm at such a tenuous time.

FOTONNA has had to postpone tours in the past, and in some cases with agreement from the hosting venues, we have gone ahead with the speaking engagements. Hosts at the beginning and end of the tour have decided that it is important for the story to be heard, and that in fact the circumstances of this particular incident are a real time example of the challenges faced everyday by the Palestinian people. So, Bill Plitt, Executive Director of FOTANNA and Beth Moore, Tour Coordinator are already travelling to Colorado this week. We are grateful for the invitation that has been extended.

Peace and all good,

Beth Moore and Bill Plitt

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