When Determination to Resist Beats A Death Threat

When Determination to Resist Beats A Death Threat

Bilal has 4 children, 35 dunums of land, and a determined attitude.

He also has a death threat issued by illegal Israeli settler-colonists who reside on his village’s land in violation of international law. Settlers from the illegal Israeli colony of Bracha have decorated lamp posts and car windows with photos of Bilal, encouraging each other to murder him.

Yesterday, 14 April, around 30 masked settler-colonists physically attacked Bilal, again. They say that’s because he works the land… as if working one’s land was a crime or a justification for a criminal act. As a matter of habit, Israeli soldiers stood by and watched as the settlers beat Bilal, again. They must have forgotten that according to the Fourth Geneva Convention, which Israel must obey, the occupying regime [Israel] must protect local civilian population – and protecting does not mean standing by watching a lynch mob commit their crimes.

Israeli settler-colonists have gotten used to impunity.

Bilal, a father of four, retains his determined attitude not to give in to colonial provocations and the occupying army’s complicity in crimes against civilians. Tomorrow as yesterday, he will go and work the land, again.

Video of the Israeli army trying to prevent Bilal from working the land [by Samantha Comizzoli]:

The road that Bilal, together with other villagers of Burin, has paved to make access to the land easier. Israeli soldiers hang out there after the settler attack on 14 April, trying to prevent Bilal from working.

The road that Bilal, together with other villagers of Burin, has paved to make access to the land easier. Israeli soldiers hang out there after the settler attack on 14 April, trying to prevent Bilal from working.

A map clearly showing that the land Bilal and his colleagues are working is in Area B, which means the Israeli army should not be there.

A map clearly showing that the land Bilal and his colleagues are working is in Area B, which means the Israeli army should not be there.