Two days ago Israel’s Military Authorities in the West Bank announced the takeover of 988 acres (3,799 dunams) belonging to five Palestinian villages between what is called the Etzion settlement bloc to the south of Jerusalem. The move clears the way for construction of a new settlement named Gvaot, which is on the opposite Hill of the Tent of Nations farm.
This move doesn’t take land from our farm, but it will further the isolation of the farm including the village of Nahalin and make movement even more difficult for the Palestinians living in five villages to the west of Bethlehem.
We are still waiting for the response from the military authorities to the Israeli Supreme Court on the appeal brought by our lawyers after the destruction of our fruit trees on the May 19, 2014. The military representative has to respond to the highest court by September 15, 2014.
In 2007, the Supreme Court recognized our legal claim to the land and said that the family can re-register the land in their name and referred it back to the Military Court with the recommendation that the military court settle the matter to re-register the land. Since 2007, however, the military has delayed such action.
There is no current news from the military court about the decisions concerning the tree loss but we will keep you posted, if we hear anything from the military court.
On the ground, we already started with rebuilding the terraces again and preparing the land for new trees. We will start with planting from December 2014 until end of March 2015. Our plan is to plant 3000-5000 different trees depending on how much rain we get.
Thank you so much for keeping us in your prayers. We will never give up hope and we still believe that one day we will see the sun of justice rising again.
Blessings and Salaam from the land that is thirsty for Salaam,