Late One Night

Late One Night

Mayar Burnat from the village of Bil’in in the West Bank is 5 years old. Myar was born in 2005 when the Israelis began work on the Apartheid Wall that has confiscated nearly half of the land in the village to make way for an illegal Israeli settlement. During the non-violent resistance against the wall, Israeli soldiers have regularly come to people’s homes during the night in order to arrest those who have participated in the demonstration.
Like many children in Bil’in, Mayar has been left with a vivid memory of this experience.


“One night they came to arrest my father. It was two years ago and I was 3 years old. When I saw the soldiers coming into my room I was crying and shouting and my mother picked me up and carried me away. I was very afraid when I saw the soldiers with their covered faces and big guns. When they came inside my home in the night I was asleep and heard the soldiers breaking in the door and shouting, they woke me up and I was very scared and I was thinking they were going to kill my father and I would never see him again. Now I am always afraid to sleep alone, I sleep with my father and my mother. It has happened to my friends also, when I talk to them in the garden, they say the soldiers came into their homes to arrest their fathers or brothers, or to search the house.”