Iyad Burnat–whose travails trying to get into the U.S. we reported here and later here– will discuss “Nonviolent Resistance in Palestine” this Wednesday night, November 28, in Columbus, Ohio (details below).
Susannah “Jill” Baker says of Burnat’s US speaking tour, “Iyad Burnat is head of the Bil’in Popular Committee and a leader in the village’s non-violent popular resistance movement. Since 2005, citizens of Bil’in have held weekly demonstrations against the building of the Israeli separation wall through the community’s agricultural lands and the encroachment of illegal settlements. The demonstrators are joined by Israeli and international peace activists, and have maintained a commitment to non-violent methods of resistance in spite of armed, military opposition that has resulted in many injuries and some deaths.
“These demonstrations are the subject of the recent award-winning documentary film 5 Broken Cameras, which was made by Iyad’s brother, Emad Burnat.
“Iyad was born in Bil’in in September of 1973. He is married and has four children. 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.
“During his 2012-2013 American tour, Iyad will 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. His presentation will be accompanied by photos and videos.”
All are welcome. The speech will be Wednesday night at 7 PM, the Mennonite Church, 35 Oakland Park Avenue, Columbus. It is hosted by “Central Ohioans for Peace” and the “Progressive Peace Coalition’s Committee for Middle East Peace,” and is free and open to the Public. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.