Farmers Resilience against Israeli Oppression

The harassment series of the farmers of Wadi Qana began in 1976 when the Civil Administration Officer handed the farmers notifications to come forward to the headquarters of the Civil Administration in Tulkarm. The farmers were ordered to issue special permits to allow them access to the wadi and their own lands. Completely rejected by the farmers the order was confronted by requests to the residents of the village of Deir Istiya to camp in the wadi. Marked as a success the Officer withdrew his decision after the large opposition.



In 1982 Yousef Mustafa Mansur, a farmer and resident in Wadi Qana, had his home demolished by the Israeli Army accompanied by the Israeli Civil Administration on the pretext that it was constructed on confiscated land. In 1990 the farmer rebuilt a brick room topped with a tin ceiling which was demolished for the second time by the Israeli forces.

Farmers Resilience against Israeli Oppression

Late One Night

Mayar Burnat from the village of Bil’in in the West Bank is 5 years old. Myar was born in 2005 when the Israelis began work on the Apartheid Wall that has confiscated nearly half of the land in the village to make way for an illegal Israeli settlement. During the non-violent resistance against the wall, Israeli soldiers have regularly come to people’s homes during the night in order to arrest those who have participated in the demonstration.

Like many children in Bil’in, Mayar has been left with a vivid memory of this experience.

Late One Night

Land Grab ….. A Story of a Family

Bassel Mansour, 33 years old, is from the village of Bil’in in the West Bank.  Like many in the village, Bassel’s family has lost their land and their olive trees to an encroaching Israeli settlement. The Israelis have confiscated 2,300 Dunms of Bil’in’s 4,300 Dunms in order to build the wall and the settlement, uprooting thousands of olive trees on the way – many of which were over 500 years old.


Losing their land has been devastating for Bassel’s family of 15 brothers and sisters. As a family they owned more than 110 Dunms of land, but have been left with only 6 Dunms as a consequence of the wall, and the settlement, and are finding it increasingly difficult to support their large family.

Land Grab ….. A Story of a Family