RAMALLAH, Mar. 3 (JMCC) - The Palestinian villages of Bil'in and Nilin have been the epicenter of political protests against Israel's separation barrier built on areas of the occupied West Bank. Now, after the activities of some of the protests leaders, the village of Nilin may become the center of another type of awakening.
A cultural renaissance of sorts is unfolding in Nilin, led by the same local leaders who have put the farming village on the map in the last two years by spearheading weekly protests against Israel's controversial West Bank barrier.
Culture in all of its forms is a kind of resistance, says protest organiser Salah al-Khawaja.
Popular resistance does not only mean daily confrontations with demonstrations and sit-ins. It could mean giving children skills to match their aspirations.
It all started with the decision to renovate a 200-year-old Ottoman-era stronghold in the centre of the village that had been abandoned by a prominent Palestinian family during the 1967 Six Day War in which Israel seized the West Bank...
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