Quarterly Newsletter
January - March 2016

Strategic Action I: Empowering Rights Holders

A. Empowering Women and Youth
 1. Youth Empowerment         
  • Course on Palestinian Refugees and International Law 

The academic course “Palestinian Refugees under International Law”, established by BADIL is offered at two Palestinian universities, Hebron University and AlQuds-Abu Dis University, as an essential course in the respective Departments of Law. BADIL provides the course material and readings, which includes BADIL’s publications, field tours to areas facing forcible transfer for the students and serves as a guest lecturer for specific topics. This marks the first semester the course is being taught at Hebron University with 35 students registered. The number of students registered in the course at Al Quds-Abu Dis is 47.

  • Empowerment of Jerusalem Youth:

In partnership with three community organizations operating in Jerusalem, BADIL has finished the project "Empowerment of Jerusalem Youth" with a closing event in which the youth participants implemented a panel discussion on the policies of forced transfer in Jerusalem. The Empowerment of Jerusalem Youth Project consisted of 30 youth from Jerusalem, who have taken educational and skills trainings to empower them to raise their voice and influence public opinion.For more information, please see:

B. Enhancing Community Engagement

1. Local and National Campaigns
  • Israeli Apartheid Week

BADIL, in collaboration with the Global Palestinian Refugee Network (GPRN), organized a main panel that took place in Dhiesheh Refugee Camp. The panel introduced Apartheid as a root cause of the conflict and foundational approach to Israeli perpetuated forcible transfer of the Palestinian people. Moreover, BDS was presented as a legitimate means to challenging and confronting the ongoing Nakba and Apartheid. Hundreds of participants attended the panel including youth and women from BADIL’s empowerment programs.

For more information, please see:

  • Land Day

The Global Palestinian Refugee Network, of which BADIL is a founding member, organized two main activities in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of Land Day: one in the West Bank and one in the Gaza Strip. The initiatives included the participation of hundreds of rights holders including Palestinian youth, women and children who raised slogans demanding that the international community fulfill its obligations toward Palestinian refugees. For more information, please see:

2. Al Awda Award
The annual Al Awda Award promotes the rights of Palestinian refugees and highlights the ongoing displacement of Palestinian people through alternative means of public expression.  BADIL and the GPRN have launched two main categories of the award: best Nakba Commemoration Poster and best Children’s Story, under the theme “Walking or crawling, We will Return”.Other categories of the award will be launched during the remainder of 2016. 

The deadline for entry submission in the poster category is 15 April 2016.
The deadline for entry submission in the children story is 2 May 2016.
For more information about the Award, please see the press releases in Arabic and in English.
 3. Partnerships Community Based Organisations (CBOs)

BADIL implements all of its programs and activities with Palestinian civil societies through partnerships with community-based organizations. Both youthand women empowerment projects have been implemented with Palestinian organizations on both sides of the Green Line. BADIL has established dozens of partnerships with community-based organizations on both sides of the green line as well as two partnerships with Palestinian universities (Hebron University and Al Quds-Abu Dis University).

C. Influencing Public Opinion

     1. Networks and Coalitions

BADIL is a founding member of the Global Palestinian Refugee Network, a coalition of Palestinian organizations from Palestine and the Palestinian Diaspora that has been established to provide a framework for the collective and strategic struggle for the realization of the rights of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons, specifically, the rights recognized under the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 of 1948 and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 237 of 1967.

2016 marks the development and enhancement of the GPRN's activities. The GPRN had a notable role in the implementation of activities of the Israeli Apartheid Week and Land Day Commemorations. Since the beginning of 2016, GPRN has implemented 12 activities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The activities included panels, sport activities, photo exhibitions and land day award.

In addition statements regarding Israeli Apartheid Week and Land Day were endorsed by the GPRN.

As member of the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC), BADIL and 12 other Palestinian human rights organizations issued four statements on issues related to the violation of human rights against the Palestinian people. The multifaceted PHROC interventions constitute the unification of messaging from Palestinian human rights organizations on issues such as the situation of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, the degradation and delay of the release of the bodies of Palestinian martyrs, the slander of and attacks on Palestinian human rights organizations,  and on the importance of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as a legally sanctioned, rights-based movement.

Through the Palestinian Non-Government Organizations (PNGO) Network, of which BADIL is a member, pressure was exerted to influence the Palestinian Authority to increase its engagement with and provide adequate civil society space for Palestinian NGOs through the revision of relevant national legislation.    
      2. Publications
  • Haq al-Awda, Issue #65, "Forcible Transfer in Jerusalem ", in Arabic, which includes a contribution of 9 articles highlighting forcible transfer in Jerusalem submitted by participants in BADIL’s Youth Empowerment Program. 
  • Apartheid Brochure, in Arabic, “United against Israeli
     3. Media
  • Development of a comprehensive database that includes contact information for key personnel in international and local media, academics and researchers, international NGOs, diplomatic missions in the West Bank and Jerusalem, international Organizations, activists and the Palestinian Authority.
  • BADIL’s email lists have been updated with the new contacts of the database.
  • People following BADIL’s Arabic Facebook page increased from 1700 followers in January to 7000 followers in March.
  • Partnerships have been established with two of the most visited Palestinian online media sites: Ma’an News Agency and DuniaAlwatan News Agency. Both agencies will be publicizing BADIL’s work.
  • BADIL in the News: alternative news venues featured 36 articles highlighting BADIL’s rights-based solution, initiatives and activities.
  • BADIL published 16 English and 25 Arabic press releases relating to its activities, publications and work in all its programs.

D. Institutional Agency 

BADIL submitted its 2015 Annual Report, which highlighted the organizations multifaceted successes in each of its programs, utilizing a more precise and relevant outcome/results based format. The 2015 audited financial report was completed and submitted on 31 March 2016.

BADIL select staff is undertaking a partner sponsored online security training course to develop and enhance its security procedures.

BADIL’s human resource capacity was enhanced by the recruitment of two new staff members in the positions of Media and Advocacy Officer and Community Mobilization Officer; in addition to the recruitment of two interns, one Palestinian and one international, for the first half of 2016.

BADIL continues to diversify its partner portfolio and a number of new relationships have been initiated. 

Strategic Action II: Influencing Duty Bearers

1. Research

In progress:

  • Working Paper: Case Study – Forcible Population Transfer in the Old City of Hebron
  • Working Paper #19: Forced Population Transfer, the Israeli policy of oppression and suppression of Palestinian resistance and resilience (working title)
  • Al-Majdal Issue #58, Oslo is dead: Alternative Approaches to Achieve Durable Solutions
  • Al-Majdal Issue #59, Palestinian Refugees in Latin America (Part I)

2. Legal and International Advocacy

Legal Advocacy: 
BADIL continues to be heavily involved in efforts to develop understanding among relevant actors of the legal framework of forcible transfer, and in the creation of tools which can effectively document the presence of Israeli-perpetrated forcible transfer inside the occupied Palestinian territory. Such efforts have been rewarded through much improved language and analysis on the subject of forcible transfer among UN bodies, including the Secretary General.

BADIL continues to advocate for the closing of critical protection gaps facing Palestinian refugees, regardless of their present location, and has been actively engaged with UN bodies and other organizations in this respect. Such efforts have included the highlighting of the absence of a functioning UN body tasked with pursuing a durable solution to the Palestinian refugee 'question', and raising a host of issues pertaining to misinterpretation of Article 1D of the 1951 Refugee Convention.
BADIL submitted its report, "No Safe Place: Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes perpetrated by High Level Israeli officials in the course of Operation Protective Edge" to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in February 2016. The report was launched publicly at a side event during the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). For more information and to download the report see the press release here.
Other BADIL interventions in the 31st session of the UNHRC included a crucial joint side event with Palestinian and international partners, including the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, Al-Quds Human Rights Clinic, the Norwegian Refugee Council and Diakonia. For more information on BADIL participation in the UNHRC see here.
BADIL continues to generate press releases in response to the developing situation on the ground, including briefings on Israeli demolitions of Palestinian Bedouin structures; Israeli confiscation of Palestinian land, and Israeli efforts to forcibly displace Palestinian Bedouin communities located in the Naqab/Negev.
At the invitation of Medical Aid for Palestinians and the Council for Arab and British Understanding, BADIL participated in a briefing of UK parliamentarians. Attendees were provided with an overview of the human rights situation inside the oPt, including specific information on abuses such as the continued closure of the Gaza Strip, and the various means through which Israel pursues the forced displacement of the occupied Palestinian population.

International Advocacy: 

BADIL provided 9 lectures to international delegations, for a total of 195 people, on Palestinian refugees and IDPs, the Israeli policies of forcible transfer and the obligations of 3rd party states according to the frameworks of international humanitarian and human rights law. This includes a tour and briefing to a delegation of Danish parliamentarians on the forcible transfer of Palestinian Bedouin from E1, business and agricultural industry of the Israeli colonies (illegal settlements) and the situation of Palestinians in the Jordan Valley.

BADIL participated in the international conference on the practicality of the right of return of Palestinian refugees and IDPs.

Over the month of March, BADIL and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) implemented a three part webinar series entitled “Root Causes of the Palestinian Refugee Crisis and The Ongoing Nakba”. The series was widely attended by JVP members across the United States of America with the webinars focusing on the Root Causes of the Palestinian refugee crisis, the Practicalities of Return and Business and Human Rights, BDS and Ways Forward. The materials and the recorded webinars can be found here.

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