Iyad Burnat joins us to tell the stories of Bil’in and life in the occupied West Bank, and talk about strategies for non-violent popular resistance with a goal of peace and prosperity for all people.
In addition, we will be screening an Oscar nominated film called 5 Broken Cameras, which documents the weekly, non-violent demonstrations in Bil’in, beginning in 2005, against the building of the Israeli separation wall and the encroachment of illegal settlements, in spite of military opposition by the Israeli Defense Force that has resulted in injuries and deaths.
Iyad Burnat is head of the Bil’in Popular Committee and a leader in the village’s non-violent popular resistance movement. Iyad was born in Bil’in in September of 1973. He became involved in popular resistance as a teenager, and was arrested by the Israeli military for the first time at age 17. He was accused of throwing stones, and imprisoned for two years. Since then he has been arrested and imprisoned by the Israeli military several more times.