512 Photos - May 6, 2016
Photo: Friday May 6th, arrival at David Ben Goerion Airport (Tel Aviv).Photo: In the van to BethlehemPhoto: Approaching Bethlehem and the wallPhoto: The entrance to BethlehemPhoto: Dinner of the group that follows the pre-program (Bethlehem Hotel)Photo: Short visit of Daoud Nassar and his sonPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Meta Floor (l)Photo: Photo: Photo: Explanation of the pre-programmsPhoto: Saturday May 7th. Departure for the pre-programs. The following picture's are of the trip 'Desert Spirituality'.Photo: Coffee firstPhoto: View on Jerusalem . . .Photo: . . . with left the WallPhoto: Coffee spiritualityPhoto: Photo: Photo: In the desertPhoto: Photo: View on the St. George Monastery, Wadi QeltPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Caves, in earlier times for thieves and monksPhoto: Photo: When you are tired you can hire his donkeyPhoto: The old way from Jerusalem to JerichoPhoto: Photo: It is hot and the way is steepPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A Jewish settler is checking a car.Photo: As of most relics, of the sycamore fig-tree in which Zacheus climbed there are more. This one is at the Greek Orthodox Monastery in Jericho.Photo: Church of the MonasteryPhoto: Monch before his cellPhoto: Photo: The church of the Orthodox MonasteryPhoto: Women consulting the monchPhoto: Jericho is the city of palmtreesPhoto: View over Jericho and the Dead SeaPhoto: View over Jericho and Jordan ValleyPhoto: The Orthodox Monastery on the Mount of TemptationPhoto: Place where, they tell us, was Jesus' last temptation by the devil, in the Orthodox Monastery on the Mount of Temptation.Photo: Photo: Photo: Ethiopian women before cells of the monchsPhoto: Checkpoint. The Jordan Valley is under military control of Israel.Photo: Baptism Site at Jordan River - Qasr al YahoudPhoto: Baptism at the Jordanian side of Jordan RiverPhoto: Jordan RiverPhoto: Baptism at the Palestinian side of the riverPhoto: Chapel and mulitary postPhoto: Several buildings at the Jordanian side of the Jordan RiverPhoto: An Ethiopian service at Jordan RiverPhoto: Mosaic workshop at the Monastery of St. Gerasimus in the Jordan ValleyPhoto: Monastery of St. GerasimusPhoto: Photo: Church of the monasteryPhoto: Photo: Our two guides (Dutch and Palestinian)Photo: The other half of the group made a trip to Jenin, in the Northern part of the Westbank. First they visit Canaan Fair Trade, a commercial enterprise that provides premium agricultural goods produced by smallholder groups in Palestine. They sell their products all over the world.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Storage of olive oilPhoto: Photo: The next visit is to The Freedom Theatre. The theatre tries to empower youth and women, and uses arts "as an important catalyst for social change".Photo: The theatrePhoto: This is Juliano Mer-Khamis, director and co-founder of the theatre, who was killed by masked gunmen in April 2011.Photo: The woman is Arna, co-founder of the theatre. See the movie 'Arna's children'.Photo: Guide of the theatrePhoto: The message of the theatrePhoto: Made by an Indian artistPhoto: Juliano and the logo of an other artist, who also was killedPhoto: "Being an artist, I don't have to choose the way of a martyr." (Quote from one of the players in the theatre).Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Expensive gate to the refugeecamp of Jenin. The gate was never completed.Photo: With the guide in the refugee-campPhoto: Photo: Saddam Hussein as rolemodel of many youngsters, being the only Arab leader who helped rebuilding Jenin.Photo: THe old Ottoman railwaystation for the departure to MekkaPhoto: The last picture before sleepingPhoto: Sunday morning May 8th.Photo: Har Homa, a huge Jewish and illegal settlement near Bethlehem. Before the settlement was built the hill was covered by wood.Photo: Visiting a service in this Lutheran churchPhoto: Photo: Built in 1886-1893Photo: A liturgy with English translation for the foreign visitors.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Rev. Mitri RahebPhoto: Photo: Photo: Rev. Munther IsaacPhoto: Photo: Photo: The collectionPhoto: Photo: The street alongside the churchPhoto: After the servicePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Our group is growing; father and sun just arrived.Photo: Checkpoint when we enter the mainroad to the South. This road (and many others on the Westbank) is for Israeli's and tourists only, anf for Palestinians with a permit.Photo: As part of the Sunday pre-program we visit Al-Twani, a small village in the utmost South of the Westbank, close to the Green Line and a Jewish Settlement.Photo: Two members of 'Operation Dove', an Italian Organisation that supports the villagers against all kinds of physical and other harrasment, even against children, by the Jewish settlers and Israeli soldiers. They and the villagers never use violence. There main resistance is not leaving there village and land.Photo: Photo: Listening to stories about the recent history and actual situation of the village . . .Photo: . . .Photo: . . . told by Semi, a young villager. He looks Dutch but is a 100% Palestinian.Photo: The nearby settlement. Every year it is growing and comes more close to Al-Twani.Photo: The landscape of the region. The Palestinians live here of there goats and sheep.Photo: Photo: Till recently some villagers lived in such caves.Photo: What was done to the villagers and there possesionsPhoto: Photo: Semi with his little sister and his mother. His mothers tells us about the position of the women, which became stronger in last years by founding a handicraft cooperation.Photo: Photo: Photo: For all these new houses the Israeli army issued demolition orders, as they were not within the plan that recently was permitted. The main goal of the Israeli government is to confiscate as many Palestinian land as possible with a minimum of Palestinians.Photo: Photo: Nasty teargasgrenades used by the Israeli army in this village when there were (non-violent) demonstrations.Photo: Painting in Al-Twani made by artists of the Freedom Theatre in JeninPhoto: After Al-Twani we visit a nearby camp of Palestinians who were expelled in 1985 out of there village Susya. They refuse to go elswhere because they stick to there land where they have there sheeep and goats. As reason for the eviction was given an archeological excavation of an ancient synagoge. In the background a Jewish settlement.Photo: Explanation by SemiPhoto: Photo: The nearby Jewish settlementPhoto: A villager, who in 1985 experienced the eviction of Susyia, tells us his stories.Photo: Photo: Photo: Several times the tents were demolished by the Israeli army. Now they are allowed, but it is forbidden to build new tents.Photo: Photo: Cattle farm of the Jewish settlementPhoto: On the way in Bethlehem to Claire Anastas and her family to make a personal visit.Photo: Photo: Storytelling on the wall, an initiative of the Arab Educational Institute.Photo: Photo: The house of Claire and here family is surrounded by the wall at three sides.Photo: Claire tries to earn an income by a giftshop and by renting rooms for tourists.Photo: Photo: Telling her stories. Their situation is difficult, but she is strong . . .Photo: You can support her by renting her rooms and by . . .Photo: . . . visiting her shop: Holy Star Gifts.
www.anastas-bethlehem.comPhoto: Monday, May 9th, the first of four days at 'Tent of Nations', the farm of fam. Nassar, close to the Jewish Settlement Neve Daniel.Photo: Photo: Photo: THe entrance to the farm is blocked by big rocks which were put there by the Israeli army. So we continue on foot . . .Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: On this hill is the farm of fam. Nasser. It is the only hill in the region that is not occupied by a settlement. From the top of this at the horizon  you can see the Mediterranean Sea, and in 2014 (and before) you could see the bombardments on Gaza.Photo: Photo: 'Tent of Nations' is surrounded by many settlements who want also have the last hill of the Nassar family.Photo: Betar Illit, the biggest of the surrouding settlements.Photo: Before the gate of 'Tent of Nations'Photo: The famous stone: 'We refuse to be ennemies'Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Starting the morning-celebrationsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Daoud NassarPhoto: Photo: Daoud Nassar at the beginning of the openingPhoto: Johan, Daouds wifePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: The youngest visitor lights up the candlePhoto: Short reflection on the theme of the dayPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Daher Nassar (left), a brother of DaoudPhoto: Photo: The group that will work in the valleyPhoto: The Jewish settlement Neve Daniel is close to the hill and farmPhoto: Photo: To the work in the vineyardPhoto: Neve DanielPhoto: Photo: Weeding around the small grapetreesPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Son of Daher Nassar and an American visitorPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Group working in the valley, where new trees  where planted after the Israeli army destroyed most of them in 2014.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The Israeli's disconnected the farm of the water, so water has to be bought at the Israeli's (not cheap).Photo: Photo: Decoration of the giftshopPhoto: Photo: Tents on the hill for the younger visitorsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Nice booklets for contributorsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: As it is not allowed to fam. Nassar to build whatever new building on the hill, they create new rooms by excavating caves. But these to are forbidden.Photo: Nahalin, the only Palestinian village nearby the hill of the Nassar-family. About twenty of the villagers have small pieces of land on the hill.Photo: In another cavePhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Choosing a workshopPhoto: Photo: Nahalin (left) and Betar Illit, a Jewish settlement (right)Photo: Exchange of experiences and ideas in small groups in one of the cavesPhoto: From IrelandPhoto: Artistic workshopPhoto: From The Netherlands (with about 35 others from The Netherlands)Photo: From ItalyPhoto: From the USPhoto: Workshop Palestinian dance (Dabka)Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: In the evening it becomes coldPhoto: May 10th, departure for the second day at 'Tent of Nations'Photo: Morning celebrationsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Daoud's motherPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Through the village Nahalin to the valley of the farmPhoto: Young trees in the valley planted after all trees there were destroyed in 2014 by the Israeli armyPhoto: Rows of grass that must be weeded around the young treesPhoto: Photo: Photo: This slope of the valley was covered by 25000 grapetrees till 1936. Then, in the period of the Arabic uprising in 1936 (in the time of the British mandate) they were destroyed. Till now it is unknown who did it.Photo: Photo: InstructionsPhoto: Photo: Tough work, and it is hot.Photo: Photo: Georg, a brother of DaoudPhoto: The old cave in the valley in which lived Daoud's grandparents en their children and Daoud's oncle.Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Daoud and JihanPhoto: Photo: From Norway, working in the vineyard on the hillPhoto: Photo: Working with the Jewish settlement Neve Daniel in the backgroundPhoto: Photo: Announcing a workshop footmassagePhoto: Photo: BiblestudyPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A short course ArabicPhoto: Photo: Mathilda, daughter of George NassarPhoto: Photo: Workshop footmassagePhoto: Photo: Another cavePhoto: Photo: In this year the farm had the first substantial wineproduction since 1936. This evening it will be celebrated.Photo: Photo: Introduction about wineryPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Wednesday May 11th, the third day at 'Tent of Nations'; morning celebrationsPhoto: Visitors from different countries contribute to the morning celebrations (here from Scotland)Photo: From the USPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: From the Netherlands and IrelandPhoto: From Italy (right)Photo: From Germany and SwedenPhoto: Looking down in the valley of fam. NassarPhoto: TeabreakPhoto: From Scotland, Sweden and The NetherlandsPhoto: Working under the view of a Jewish settlementPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: A workshop non-violent communicationPhoto: Photo: Photo: He has today his birthdayPhoto: Thursday May 12th, departure for the fourth and final day of the Celebrations at 'Tent of Nations'Photo: The white tent on the top of the hill, seen from the roadblock on the road to the farm, belongs to the compound of 'Tent of Nations'Photo: Photo: At the first gate of the farmPhoto: Photo: Products of the artistic workshop around the candlePhoto: Georg, brother of DaoudPhoto: Photo: Several contributions to the morning-celebrationsPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Song of IonaPhoto: The nearby Palestinian village NahalinPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Cleaning the compoundPhoto: Photo: Photo: Visitor from South AfricaPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Practising while the stage is being builtPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A Scottish rest after hard workingPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: A meeting of the Dutch groupPhoto: Photo: The Scottish-Irish groupPhoto: Photo: Visiting the partyPhoto: The German musicians 'Grenzenlos'Photo: Photo: Photo: Brassband of the Lutheran ChurchPhoto: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: Photo: The grandmother of fam. 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