Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Northfield Holds Palestine Teach-In

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Northfield Holds Palestine Teach-In

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Prodigious amounts of learning took place on Nov. 8, when more than 130 people attended a 7-hour "Palestine Teach-In," held in the small Minnesota college town of Northfield.

JeffHalper, founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD), and Daoud Nassar, a Christian Palestinian who founded the West Bank's "Tent of Nations," were keynote speakers.

Israeli military forces have destroyed parts of the orchard at the innovative farm near Bethlehem operated by the Nassar family. Despite his having centuries-old deeds to his 100-acre farm, Daoud Nassar says that Israel is constantly threatening to demolish the buildings and take over his land.

Tent of Nations teaches international visitors how to work on the land, but also acquaints them with the Israel/Paletine conflict. Nassar encouraged his audience to visit the West Bank and then report back to fellow Americans. "Come and see," Nassar said. "Then go and tell."

Halper, an American-born Jewish Israeli who favors a one-state solution in which all citizens have equal legal rights, said this new nation should have the same name as that of the historic region. …

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