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98 year old Christian farm surrounded by Israeli settlers

A Palestinian Christian family that preaches non-violence from a farm in the West Bank is battling to hold on to land it has owned for 98 years. Now surrounded by Israeli settlements, the family is a living example of the idea of peaceful resistance.

On his farm outside Bethlehem, Daher Nassar is picking apples from the ruins of the orchard he planted at least eight years ago. The fruit is scattered across ground freshly opened and imprinted with the tracks of a bulldozer. At the field's edge, branches reach out from inside a mound of earth, the bark stripped and mangled, unripe almonds still clinging to the trees.

On 19 May a Palestinian shepherd from the village of Nahalin was out at first light and saw the bulldozer at work in the field, guarded by Israeli soldiers. By the time Nassar arrived the whole orchard - the best part of a decade's work - was gone. His English is far from fluent, but there's no mistaking the pain in his voice: "Why you broke the trees?" A spokesperson for the Israeli military authorities in the West Bank said the trees were planted illegally on state land.


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It is the Ottoman law.

In Israel the Ottoman law still prevails along with English common law and of course the Israeli laws. In Ottoman law ownership of land is evidenced by the planting of trees which bear fruit. This is why Israeli settlers destroy the trees on Palestinian land they want to confiscate. That's why they "broke the trees".

They have devised many such legal tricks to seize the Land which they are now in the process of making overt, since the negotiations have served their purpose of prolonging the occupation. Now their original and permanent goal of complete annexation can be unveiled.

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)


... typical.

Israel does not exist, it is a myth, a setting for a lie to set

in the world of its believers.

Though when believers kill to delude the world they testify against their own nature, and so goes the world to the myth.

Revelations 3:9
“And behold, I grant some of the synagogue of Satan, of those who say about themselves that they are Jews and are not, but they are lying, behold, I shall make them come and worship before your feet and to know that I love you.”

John 8:44
“You are from your father The Devil, and the desire of your father you are willing to do; from the beginning he has been murdering men and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him; whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from what is his, because he is of falsehood and is also its father.”

"Nobody can force us to hate," she says. "We refuse to be enemies."
-Bishara ("Gospel") Nassar

Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910)
Leo Tolstoy is one of the greatest writers known

Tolstoy believed that a man could find ever-lasting happiness striving for self-perfection following pacifism, loving one's neighbour, and God, rather than looking outward to the Church guidance.

A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

Looks like the Israel's took

Looks like the Israel's took a page or 2 from the BLM.

Or, the BLM has taken a page from

Israel's playbook!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

Many Israeli Settlers Are Religious Fanatic Lunatics

They attack Israeli soldiers, they attack and murder Palestinian children on their way to or from school. "Our book says it is our land! Die!" They're mostly pathetic worthless trash.

While this might be an

While this might be an inspiring example, in the modern days this approach is not practical. Only a small minority, those who do not have children and those who have little to lose can practice such form of civic rights expression. Being alone, surrounded in hostile environment is extremely hazardous. Ages and centuries have proven that people need to be physically surrounded by at least non-threatening members of the society. People thrive when they are surrounded by like minded and friendly people. Kudos to peaceful farmer who is really an inspirational example.

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Peace is non-justiciable where justice is a revolutionary act.

the only answer here; with no war comes no justice.

"True religion is that relationship, in accordance with reason and knowledge, which man establishes with the infinite world around him, and which binds his life to that infinity and guides his actions .. and leads to the practical rules of the law: do to others as you would have them do unto you."


A true flower can not blossom without sunlight and a true man can not live without love.

Wonder what the chances are

Of Rand or Ted Cruz visiting these folks next time
they're in Israel?

Not that good, I reckon...

Thanks for posting.

It's amazing how persistent these folks are

They are even visited by Israelis who sympathize with their cause. That sort of peaceful resistance transcends race and religion.

This beautiful soul is a pawn in the great chess game

the political whores like to play!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown