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.