Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Tent of Nations on West Bank

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Tent of Nations on West Bank

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Daoud Nassar's family farm sits atop the only hill on the West Bank not occupied by the Israeli military or illegal Zionist settlements (see Ben White's article on p. 26 of the November 2006 Washington Report). In November Nassar brought his struggle to retain ownership of the acreage owned by his family for four generations to many Southland organizations.

Speaking Nov. 13 at the Los Angeles Episcopalian Diocese, Nassar explained: "Our story began in 1916, when my grandfather bought our farmland near Hebron." In 1991, Israel claimed the farm. The Nassar family brought to the courts Ottoman documents and British Mandate-era deeds proving the Nassar family's near century-long ownership.

The Israeli courts first questioned the 1922 survey of the land, then demanded eye-witness accounts of the 1916 purchase of the property. A new survey of the land was made at a cost of $5,000.

The family has paid more than $140,000 in costs for litigation in military courts and the Israeli Supreme Court to retain its legal hold on the land, said Nassar, whose attorneys are Jonathan Kuttab and Sami Khoury. …

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