Iltezam Morrar

Place of birth
Budrus
Year of Birth
1988
Profession
Medical Student
Organization
Community Organizer, Budrus
Identity
Palestinian
Languages spoken
Arabic, English, Croatian
Date of Interview
12/2009

Interviewer
Rula Salameh

"I believe in nonviolence and peaceful resistance even more because it helped us achieve something… Large amounts of land were supposed to be confiscated from the people of Budrus but because of these demonstrations they were only able to take a small portion of the lands that they planned to take, and they moved the Wall to the Green Line… Any theory needs to be tested and if it succeeds that means it is effective."

At the age of 15, Iltezam launched a women's contingent part of the unarmed movement in Budrus.  She was the first villager to succeed in getting past the Israeli border police and stopping a bulldozer.  Her fearlessness galvanized the entire village and affirms the importance of women in the movement. The demonstrations in Budrus marked the first time that Iltezam, like most of the village’s youth, met Israelis who were not soldiers or settlers.  Watch interviews of Iltezam in Just Vision's film, Budrus.