Update on Destroyed Tree Groves at Tent of Nations

Here is an update on the situation at Tent of Nations, where the Israeli military recently destroyed 1,500 to 2,000 mature, fruit-bearing apricot and apple trees and grape vines were destroyed along with terraced land. (See my blog post of May 21 for more information.)

The letter below is adapted from an email by Bill Plitt of Friends of Tent of Nations – North American (FOTONNA)

May 31, 2014

Dear Friends,

The video above was taken during a talk given by Daoud at St. Marks Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle on May 18 – the day before the bulldozers attacked his groves.  Daoud visited the devastated land for the first time mid-week.  The full scope of the destruction left him heartbroken, of course.  He told us that there was one lone fig tree left standing on the side of the hill (on purpose? by accident?) that was the sole witness to the work of the IDF soldiers.  It now stands as a living monument to what was lost – a lone sentinel that will someday have new friends, thanks to you.

We have been told that the State Department needs to hear from Congress before taking any real stance on this issue.  If you haven’t already contacted your Senators and Representatives, please take time to do so now. Click here for a Congressional action alert.  Scroll down in the body of the text and click on “Write your senators and representative.” Fill in the information and click “Submit.”

If you haven’t signed our FOTONNA Petition Letter yet, you can do so through this link.

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There has been an overwhelmingly supportive response from around the globe from friends of the Nassar family and the work carried out at Tent of Nations.  Individuals and organizations have put together their own petition letters, written to political leaders, called influential leaders at all levels of government, written oped pieces for their papers, and carried out demonstrations in front of the Israeli Embassy in NYC.  Peace groups from all persuasions are standing in solidarity with this remarkable family.  FOTONNA alone had 2,500+ signatures on its petition as of May 28, 2014, and the list is growing.

At this point, our goals are the following:

1. Prevent any more destruction on the land;

2. Keep up the pressure on the courts to finally re-register the land in the Nassar family name;

3. Support the Nassar family as they seek financial recompense from the Israeli Military for their illegal actions and for the incredible loss of twelve years of hard work, 1,500-2,000 lost trees and grape vines, lost revenue from the sale and/or use of the fruit, etc.

We cannot thank all of you enough for the wonderful responses you made to our appeals for support.  It is also nearly impossible to capture the breadth, depth and width of this movement worldwide.  We are just a small piece in this whirlwind of action – small, but fierce – and there will be justice in the end.

In solidarity and with deep gratitude for all of you,

The FOTONNA Steering Committee


7 Comments on “Update on Destroyed Tree Groves at Tent of Nations”

  1. Mary Jo Barrett says:

    Thank you

  2. gwpj says:

    Thank you for the update, Rabbi Rosen.

  3. gwpj says:

    Reblogged this on Musings by George Polley and commented:
    New information on the Tent of Nations story in the West Bank.

  4. 2skipper says:

    To destroy such beauty from a country that prides itself on the agriculture gains they have made is truly a sadness. To the Families who loved this piece of nature I feel much sadness toward you ad your family. does the Israeli government think by bulldozing precious nature they are living up to the principles once upon a time that they held dear seems to have vanished.

  5. Mitzi stein says:

    Three comments…that shows the depth of your following …mostly Gentiles at that…all you are doing is giving anti Semites a cover for their poisonous hatred..I hope that your satisfied…because that’s all that you are accomplishing….

    • Mark A. says:

      How do you figure? When is it possible for someone to legitimately criticize Israeli behavior when it’s legitimately wrong, and without the fear of being called an antisemite? Between Bibi and Bennett, it’s like the boy who cried wolf. Happy I’m too old for miluim; I think our behavior is rotten.


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