In Jemna’s oasis, the palms are heavy with their golden fruits. It is harvest season, when dates will be sold to vendors and intermediaries through a call for tenders. But the atmosphere is tense, since the Association for the Protection of Jemna’s Oasis remains, since its creation in 2011, illegitimate in the eyes of the State. This month, the Ministry of State Properties and Land Affairs, which leased the land to private operators before 2011, issued a statement threatening to cancel the call for tenders. Jemna’s residents, however, are resisting the government’s sudden intervention. Explanation.