Speaking Event: Non Violence in Action with Iyad Burnat

When & Where
UC Santa Cruz
College 9/10 Multi Purpose Room
Santa Cruz, CA
January 9, 2013 - 6:30pm
831 459 2934

Did you know that every Friday Palestinians across the West Bank organize unarmed protests against the Israeli occupation and theft of their lands?

Villages like Bil'in, Nabi Saleh, Beit Ummar, and Budrus have led the way with weekly non-violent demonstrations, supported in part by Israeli and International solidarity activists. These protests are often met with violence from Israeli settlers and military forces.

Iyad Burnat is a leader in the Palestinian non-violent popular resistance movement from the West Bank village of Bil’in. Since 2005, community members have held weekly demonstrations against the theft of their farmland for illegal Israeli settlements and construction of a separation wall on their property. The protesters are joined by Israeli and international peace activists every week. They maintain a commitment to unarmed methods of resistance, despite violent Israeli military repression and the constant threat of arrest, injury, and even death. Their efforts have even brought some success in the form of an Israeli High Court ruling that resulted in the return of a portion of the illegally appropriated land.

The struggle in Bil'in was documented in the critically acclaimed film "5 Broken Cameras" (2012). The documentary was created in cooperation between Iyad's brother, Emad Burnat, and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Iyad speak and learn about the struggle for Palestinian rights from those who live it!

We want to make this event accessible for people with disabilities.