100-Year History of the Farm

History of the Farm

The land known as Dahers’ Vineyard was purchased in 1916 by Daher Nassar, the father of Bishara, and grandfather of the Nassar family who now run the Tent of Nations project. Since that time, many family members have worked the land by day, and slept in caves by night. The land has produced olives, grapes, almonds, wheat and other crops.

In 1991, the Israeli government declared the whole area including the Nassars portion to be Israeli ‘state land’.

The Nassar family has all the original land registration papers and contributed plenty of work to the land from the time of Ottoman, British, Jordanian, and Israeli governance, which shows that the Israeli government has no right to declare it theirs, because obviously the land belongs to the Nassar family.

The Nassar family challenged Israel’s declaration and therefore the case was brought to the court.

In 2001, though the land case was still unresolved, the local council of Israeli settlements decided to build a road through the east side of the Nassar land. This was challenged, and the building stopped.

Nevertheless, once again in 2002 the council took a decision to build a road all the way through the Nassar land, this time through the west side. The Nassars were able to stop both road projects through gaining the intervention of the Israeli courts.

In 2005 the case of the land ownership was debated in the high court, and after many postponements the Nassar family were told that they could begin the process of registering their land with the Israeli authorities.

So for 20 years now, we are still struggling to hold on to the land. You can read more details below, and find the latest updates on the land case on  http://www.tentofnations.org/about/dahers-vineyard-land-history/

For people in North America, you can keep in touch with the Farm through the Friends of the Tent of Nations in North America.  http://www.fotonna.org/ and you can donate there as well.


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