By Carolyn Krause
Amal Nassar, a Palestinian Christian who lives with her family on their 100-acre farm amid Israeli settlements in the West Bank, will speak in three area churches June 26 and June 28.
She will talk about her familyâ€™s dedication to making peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
On Sunday, June 26, she will speak in Oak Ridge at 9:45 a.m. in the fellowship hall at First United Methodist Church at 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Then, at 11:15 a.m., she will speak in the fellowship hall at First Presbyterian Church at 1051 Oak Ridge Turnpike.
On June 28, she will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall at the Episcopal Church of the Ascension at 800 South Northshore Drive in Knoxville. The public is invited to attend any of Nassarâ€™s church presentations.
Nassar is a pediatric physiotherapist for respiratory diseases at Childrenâ€™s Relief Bethlehem, an international Christian aid organization that maintains Caritas Baby Hospital in Bethlehem.
She and her family began the Tent of Nations project on their farm in 2006, offering the farm as a place for visitors to gain understanding of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict, learn non-violent approaches to peacemaking, and assist in farming tasks and in summer environmental education camps for children.
Nassarâ€™s grandfather purchased the land and registered it under the Ottoman Empire in 1916. Later, the family registered the property under the British Mandate and the Jordanian government.
Since 1991, the family has been working to secure registration of the farm in the Israeli Military Court and now in the Israeli Supreme Court. No decision has yet been made regarding the familyâ€™s appeal.
Nassar will speak about her familyâ€™s 100-year journey on the farm, focusing on their experience of the Israeli Occupation.
Nassarâ€™s visit is supported by Friends of Tent of Nations in North America. For more information about Tent of Nations, go toÂ fotonna.org.
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