Center for Non-violent Resistance

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Raised by 22 people in 7 months

Dear Friends

I am Kefah Abukhdeir. I am working with Iyad and many of his friends to put together this fundraiser. We hope the Center willbe the space necessary to finally create what we all want here in Palestine- freedom and liberation for all. 

Many of you know Palestinian activist Iyad Burnat, co-founder and President of the grassroots organization, Friends of Freedom and Justice (FFJ) in the West Bank village of Bil’in. Iyad and Bil’in’s heartfelt brand of peaceful resistance were the subject of the 2011 Academy Award-Nominated Documentary “5 Broken Cameras” and have continued to reach more people through the speaking tours of Iyad and his fellow villagers around the world and the visits of people from around the world to Bil’in. Like other West Bank villages, towns and cities, Bil’in is under siege by the Israeli military occupation with its continuous land seizures, and Iyad has been actively working to develop a model of non-violent resistance to the Occupation since 2005, when a nearby Israeli settlement expanded into Bil’in’s fields.

 

FFJ is now working to establish a “Palestinian Center for Non-Violent Action” ( https://www.ffj-bilin.com/); a place where people from all over the West Bank and the world can come to learn the theory and practice of non-violent social change. The Center will include a museum, library, classrooms, learning and play spaces for children, spaces for arts and crafts, a visitor’s centre, and guest rooms for visiting instructors and activists from around the world.

 

FFJ has made an initial down payment of $14,000 for the land on which to build the Center, but recent developments have delayed FFJ’s efforts to raise the remaining $30,000 needed by February to secure the property. Like other activists in the Palestinian peaceful resistance, Iyad and his family have come increasingly attack through harassment, threats, arrests and shootings. His eldest son, Majd, recently underwent surgery for injuries suffered from a shooting by Israeli forces, which caused extensive nerve damage to his leg, rendering him unable to walk unaided. His middle son, Abdul Khaliq, was recently shot, imprisoned, and is now awaiting trial. His youngest son, Mohammed, witnessed the arrest. The fate of the Center is hanging in the balance.

 

The purchase of this land and construction of Center are a positive answer to the systemic and brutal violence to which Palestinians are subjected to on a daily basis. Iyad, Bil’in and all Palestinians seeking to resist occupation nonviolently need our support.

 

Please donate to make the Palestinian Center for Non-Violent Action a reality. Together let us help make Bil’in a beacon of peaceful social responses to oppression  for Palestine and the world.

 

Sincerely,

 

Friends of Freedom and Justice

https://www.ffj-bilin.com/

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Iyad's son is recovering from his operation in Turkey. we hope to see him back in Palestine,soon. Majd is the victim of occuaption forces. he was shot in his leg which severed the nerves in his leg
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Hello to all we appreciate your support! WE are looking forward to paying off the property and need more help! Anything is appreciated we look forward to working with others and those who share our vison of establishing the Bilin Nonviolent center
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