August 20, 2017

AJEC to Host Palestinian Non-violent Leader and Activist, Iyad Burnat

Behind the Wall, Beyond the Wall


Iyad Burnat

Saturday, February 2, 2013, 5:00 PM

Iyad Burnat along with panelists from Georgia State will draw connections between Search and Seizure policies in Atlanta and Palestinian experiences of Israeli Occupation behind the Wall.


Iyad Burnat, born in 1973 in Bil`in, Palestine, heads the Bil`in Popular Committee. Since 2005, citizens of Bil`ih, 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, and have suffered many injuries and some deaths. The demonstrations are the subject of the 2012 Oscar-nominated documentary film 5 Broken Cameras, which was made by Iyad’s brother, Emad Burnat.

Iyad became involved in popular resistance as a teenager, was accused of throwing stones, arrested, and imprisoned for 2 years by the Israeli military at age 17. Since then he has been arrested and imprisoned several times. During his US 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. Iyad is married and has four children.

Hosted by Absalom Jones Episcopal Center and Cosponsored by Interfaith Peace Builders & Fellowship of Reconciliation (Southeast and Mid-Atlantic Region)

Absalom Jones Episcopal Center, 807 Atlanta Student Movement Boulevard (formerly Fair St.) Atlanta University Center, SW Atlanta

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