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The photo book We Refuse to be Enemies documents the situation of the Christian family Nassar in occupied Palestine. On their farm, around 30 min away from Jerusalem and surrounded by five Israeli settlements they are confronted with disappropriation, denial of running water and access to electricity as well as destruction orders for structures on their farm. The photo book will have around 60 pages and will be published bilingual, in English and German.
6,830 €
6,500 € Funding goal
Project successful
 We Refuse To Be Enemies - Buch Projekt


Funding period 07/12/2016 17:13 o'clock - 19/01/2017 23:59 o'clock
Realisation period four to six weeks
Funding goal 6,500 €
City Berlin
Category Photography

What is this project all about?

The Nassar farm is also known as “Daher's Vineyard” and was purchased in 1916 during the Ottoman occupation. Since then many Nassars worked and lived on the land. They produced olives, vine, wheat and fruits.

The family first registered the land in 1924 during the time of the British mandate and updated the documents in 1987 and 2000 at the land registry office in Bethlehem.

The land case was in court until 2005. After many delays and an extensive process, the Nassars received permission to register their land. This is unique because Palestinians where banned from doing so since 1967.

The overall costs of the trail summed up to $145,000. This case is an example of what Palestinians can expect if they decide to act legally.

Even if the Nassars succeeded in registering their land they are still confronted with many other factors that threaten the farms future. Examples are destruction orders, missing building permissions, no direct access to drinking water or electricity and the construction of the separation barrier.

“Daher's Vineyard” comprises around 40 hectare and is located south of Bethlehem near the Palestinian town Nahalin in an area which is also known as “Gush Etzion Block”. A part of this land is dedicated to the project “Tent of Nations”. It represents the lifetime dream of Bishara Nassar who lived all of his life in Bethlehem and the farm itself. It was his vision to establish a place for encounter and dialogue. That is why he provided a part of the land for
youth work. Bishara died in 1976 and his family kept alive his dream.

The “Tent of Nations” project aims at bringing together people from different cultural backgrounds in order to build bridges of understanding and conciliation. On a regular basis young people from all around the world, mostly from conflict zones, get invited. It is furthermore available for youth organisations, churches, travellers and project work. It also runs a couple of other projects for example to support the local women.

Christian Kraatz documented the work of the family and development of the situation for many years. For the first time his epic pictures will be compiled in the photo book We Refuse To Be Enemies. The book will have around 60 pages and will be published in English and German.

What is the project goal and who is the project for?

The aim of the book project is to spread the word about the situation of the Nassar family, to keep the story for coming generations as well as to financially support their project “Tent of Nations”.

Why would you support this project?

The way the family acts and their project Tent of Nations is unique and an example. To see them act after their motto “We Refuse To Be Enemies” in face of very difficult circumstances is worth being supported.

How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded? 

If we reach our funding goal the money will be used to print the first edition of 2000 copies. After covering all cost the profit will go towards the Tent of Nations Project. Books will also be available for sale at the Vineyards gift shop. The money will support building projects, help to replant destroyed fields and will make it possible to organise a Summer camp for Palestinian children.

Who are the people behind the project?

Initiators of the book project is photographer Christian Kraatz, who worked on the series for 6 years, and Berlin based publishing house AphorismA. AphorismA is a specialist for Literature from the middle east, Palestine and Israel. (www.aphorisma.eu)


Berlin based publishing house AphorismA is a specialist for literature from the middle east, Palestine and Israel.

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