The people of this brave village stand as an example to the world of how non-violent resistance can successfully resist injustice and military might.  Israel has been confiscating all “unoccupied” Palestinian land.  Israel defines “unoccupied” as any land on which no occupied structure exists.  Thus, olive orchards, vineyards, agricultural land, grazing land are all being confiscated.  These ancient Bil’im olive orchards, lovingly tended for many centuries (see the terracing in the picture below) are all officially “unoccupied.”





Young men of the Samara family with which I stayed, including Walied Samara (right) who taught me several new steps to the Debki–the national dance of Palestine. THANK YOU Walied–I loved the dancing!


Palestinian White Cheese being prepared by Mr. Samara’s daughter-in-law




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