Iyad Burnat, a leader of the Bil'in Popular Committee in Palestine, comes to Olympia this week to share his new book Bil'in and the Nonviolent Resistance.
Tuesday, November 22nd - 7pm-9pm
Traditions Café and World Folk Art
Since 2005, citizens in the West Bank farming village of of Bil’in, joined by Israeli and international peace activists, have held weekly nonviolent demonstrations against the Israeli separation wall and the encroachment of illegal settlements that originally deprived the village of 60% of its farmland. Protesters have maintained a commitment to nonviolent resistance in the face of armed military opposition, and have suffered many injuries and some deaths. Steadfastly leading nonviolent resistance since 2004, Iyad Burnat is head of the Bil’in Popular Committee against the Israeli Wall and Settlements.
Activist Peter Cohen writes, "Iyad has been beaten, jailed, threatened and shot. His son was maimed by an Israeli bullet. Close friends have been murdered. And still he has continued to build his movement of non-violent resistance making Bil'in a Mecca of Peace and Rights activists from around the world and touring the world himself to tell the still-too-little-known story of his people's struggle. Iyad is the embodiment of 'sumoud,' the Palestinian word for graceful and dignified resistance."
Iyad Burnat is winner of the 2015 James Lawson Award for Excellence in the Practice of Nonviolence, presented by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC).