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Hamdi Abu Rahmah has worked as a photojournalist in the village since the weekly demonstrations began in 2005. Every Friday, he dons a bulletproof vest, helmet and gas mask and documents the protests with his camera. Over the years, he has been invited to European countries to speak about nonviolent resistance in Bilin and other parts of the occupied West Bank.
“In Europe, many people don’t really know about what is happening here. Many people think it’s a war, but it’s not really a war. It’s more like genocide. Taking people’s land, demolishing people’s homes, step-by-step to try and stop the world from noticing what’s happening. Also, many people don’t really understand our problem. Our problem is not with the Jewish people. The problem is with the occupation. That’s why we accept Israelis and Jews to take part in our demonstration.”