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Settlers put Taybeh Land on Fire

by Maria C. Khoury, Ed.D.

Dear Friends of Saint George Taybeh,

I have survived the Israeli security check one more time in safely returning to the village. My prayer is for peace and stability so that I may organize the Taybeh Oktoberfest, September 19 & 20, 2015 in accordance with our non-violent action.

In a brief conversation with the Mayor of Taybeh, Mr. Nadim Barakat, I was surprised to understand so much violence is happening around me although I am trying to carry out a typical daily schedule at the new Taybeh Golden Hotel. ( &

Twenty dunums of Taybeh land planted with wheat was put on fire in the middle of the night (June 24) next to the settlement of Rimmonim. The Israeli police and Israeli civil administration came to the location on the spot and were appalled at this arson attack while the owner Mr. Khaldon Hanna has experience a great loss. The settlers seem totally out of control in their hate crimes. May our Lord have mercy!