Iyad Burnat, born in 1973 in Bil`in, Palestine, heads the Bil’in Popular Committee. Since 2005, citizens of Bil’in, joined by Israeli and international peace activists, have held weekly non-violent demonstrations against the Israeli separation wall and the encroachment of illegal settlements. The protesters have maintained a commitment to non-violent resistance in the face of armed military opposition. The demonstrations are the subject of the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary film 5 Broken Cameras, which was made by Iyad’s brother, Emad Burnat. Burnat discusses strategies for non-violent popular resistance with social justice activist Trina Jackson. How has he brought potential adversaries to share his goal of peace and prosperity for all people?
Co-sponsored by Don and Jeannette McInnes and by Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East – Massachusetts Chapter; Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia; Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights; Jewish Voice for Peace – Boston; Jewish Women for Justice in Israel- Palestine; Palestinian House of New England; and United for Justice With Peace.
(Photo: Palestine Solidarity Project)
BIO: Iyad Burnat
Burnat leads Bil'in's non-violent struggle in the occupied West Bank. He is the head of the Bil'in Popular Committee against the Wall, which has led weekly demonstrations since 2005 against the Israeli West Bank barrier. He is also head of Friends of Freedom and Justice in Bil’in, a pro-Palestinian organization with the stated aims of building a "wide network of people from all over the globe who support Freedom and Justice for all."