Hosted by: The Interfaith Community for Palestinian Rights

Daoud Nassar, Palestinian Christian farmer and Director of the Tent of Nations (TON) project, a peace and education center located on the Nassar family’s 100-acre farm near Bethlehem, spoke at various churches and universities between April 6th and 11th.

The Tent of Nations has a mission to build bridges between people, and between people and the land. These bridges are created by bringing different cultures together to develop understanding and promote respect for each other and our shared environment.

To realize this mission, TON project run’s educational projects at Daher’s Vineyard, and organic farm which stretches 100 acres, is owned by the Nassar family and is situated 9km southwest of Bethlehem, Palestine. The Nassar farm is a  center where people from many different countries come together to learn, to  share, and to build bridges of understanding and hope.

Daoud Nassar discusses his project, the Israeli occupation and process of land confiscations, including the attempts at taking his family’s farm, and the journey of his family since 1916 as they have sought to live creatively in the midst of an increasingly violent situation.

 

TON is surrounded on three sides by Israeli settlements and one side by the Palestinian village of Nahalin. With a mission to build bridges of understanding, reconciliation and peace between people and the land, TON has a sign at the entrance to the farm proclaiming, “We Refuse to be Enemies.”

 

The Nassar family has been struggling to retain hold of their land, ‘Daher’s Vineyard’, for more than 20 years. The family has been fighting a legal battle to keep hold of the land since it was classified as ‘Israeli State Land’ and thus threatened with confiscation in 1991. The struggle is ongoing. However, with a commitment to peaceful resistance and through the solidarity of those who have visited the land, much has been achieved. Tent of Nations continues to work to protect and develop the farm as a place where people can meet, learn, work together, and inspire one another.

What we do

We offer workcamps and volunteer opportunities; we run Children’s Summer Camps and a Women’s Empowerment Project, and we welcome groups and visitors of all shapes and sizes.

We run a series of workcamps throughout the year which give us valuable support for the running of the farm and are a key part of our aim to help individuals feel more connected to the land and our environment. See below for dates of this year’s workcamps.

We run empowerment programs for women and children in the local area. By building confidence and capacity in those whose lives are a daily struggle due to the situation facing Palestinians today, we can help create a better future for tomorrow. Find out about our Women’s Project and Children’s Summer Camps.

 

Daoud Nassar’s Powerpoint Lecture discusses how this farmer has had to adapt to illegal Israel policy throughout the generations. An illegal policy that includes the inability to have access to water and electricity, or even the ability to build on Nassar’s own land.

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TON is a small family-owned farm that welcomes individuals and groups to visit, volunteer, and hear our story. TON welcomes international volunteers on long and short term basis, giving individuals from around the world a unique opportunity to broaden their own personal development, while also giving us invaluable support in developing our projects and keeping the Nassar farm going and growing.

TON welcomes international volunteers on long and short term basis, giving individuals from around the world a unique opportunity to broaden their own personal development, while also giving us invaluable support in developing our projects and keeping the Nassar farm going and growing. Find out about becoming a volunteer.

They also welcome all types of guests and groups to their farm and are proud to be able to provide a space for visitors to the West Bank to come to learn about their story, to witness active and peaceful resistance on the ground, and find out more about the greater situation in Palestine. Visit Tent of Nations and check out the facilities that they offer.

 

University of Texas students club, the Palestine Solidarity Committee, takes photos with Daoud Nassar and his daughter Shadin who flew in from Palestine to give this lecture.

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