Hailee Meacham is Young Peacebuilder’s newest Communications team member. She is a junior at American University studying International Relations and Communications. Her interests include foreign policy, peace studies, and the environment.
I recently had the opportunity to listen to a talk given by Iyad Burnat, a Palestinian man leading a nonviolent movement for peace in Bil’in, in the West Bank. He told stories of how Israeli soldiers continue to raid his home in the middle of the night, arresting members of his family as young as his teenage children while their much younger siblings bore witness.
Palestinian children – including Burnat’s own – have been shot and sometimes killed by soldiers. Others may suffer from things like curable diseases or malnutrition because they are …