Haitham Al Khatib
is an award winning photojournalist, documentary film maker and activist in Palestine's West Bank, from a farming village near Ramallah called Bil'in.
Coming from an agricultural family and village, Haitham always felt great love for their land. Then the building of the separation wall, with an Israeli settlement on the other side, took away much Palestinian land including their own ancestral property. Suddenly, Haitham had lost his roots.
Haitham took up photography and then video and was one of the first photographers to start systematically documenting life in Palestine.
Bil'in is well-known as a centre for the non-violent struggle in Palestine. This movement uses no weapons to defend the land and people of Palestine.
The non-violent resistance stands against military occupation, settlement-building, the separation wall and illegal appropriation of Palestinian land. It stands up for the rights and dignity of the Palestinian people.
Focused in Bil'in and a few other beseiged villages, it is greatly under-reported worldwide. Yet it is an historic movement for justice which should be far better known than it is - an example for others elsewhere to follow.