Hand-embroidered Purses from Bil'in
Hand-embroidered purses by the women of Bil'in, Palestine. One side reads "Palestine" and the other "CODEPINK for Peace." Their size is great to carry your every day on-the-go essentials and makes it easy to transfer from one bag to the other!
These hand-embroidered purses are made by women in the West Bank village of Bil’in, Palestine, a peaceful farming village located 7.5 miles west of Ramallah in the West Bank.
Ten years ago, to deal with the occupation and encroachment of illegal Israeli settlements upon their land, the village of Bil’in began daily nonviolent demonstrations and creative direct actions. They were soon joined by nonviolent activists and supporters from around the world.
Despite international support, and a successful 2007 Israeli court decision to have the wall moved back 500 meters, the villagers in Bil’in have paid a heavy price for their peaceful resistance. Many people in the village have been injured or arrested. In 2009, the village lost beloved activist, 29 year-old Bassem Abu Rahmah, when an Israeli tear gas canister hit him in the chest and took his life.
Despite having the wall moved back 500 meters, the village continues to have weekly nonviolent demonstrations in protest of the ongoing Israeli military occupation and it’s devastating effects on every part of their lives. The village’s struggle is chronicled in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Five Broken Cameras.
In November 2015, CODEPINK led a delegation to the West Bank to help with the annual olive harvest. While there, the delegation staged an action in protest of RE/MAX selling homes in illegal Israeli settlements. CODEPINK is proud to support Bil’in’s peaceful economy and ongoing work of nonviolent resistance.