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Pierce College Puyallup book talk with Iyad Burnat of Bil’in
November 22, 2016 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Book talk in Seattle, Puyallup, Olympia & Vashon
This event will be located in the College Center Building (CTR) in the Multipurpose Room (MPR)
Craig and Cindy Corrie of the Rachel Corrie Foundation have visited Iyad Burnat, his family, and the village of Bil’in on several occasions, including this past month. Iyad and the Bil’in Popular Committee who organized persistent and creative demonstrations were featured in the Oscar-nominated ‘Five Broken Cameras’ film. Now, you have a chance to hear Iyad speak about Bil’in’s decades-long struggle for justice and freedom through his first-hand experience.
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.”
These free events are sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice and friends of the Foundation throughout the Puget Sound area.
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