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Quarterly Newsletter
January-March 2015
 
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Strategic Action I: Empowering Rights Holders

A. Empowering Women and Youth
         
    1. Youth Empowerment
         
BADIL and Baladna Youth Organization are implementing a project with 30 Palestinian youth from Mandate Palestine through interaction, training and engagement to empower them to raise their voiceand influence public opinion. The first workshop was held in Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem and included a field visit in the camp.
 
BADIL continues to provide its course “Palestinian Refugees under International Law” at Al Quds University in Abu Dis with a fall course of 34 students.

In cooperation with the Sociology Studies Department of Birziet University, BADIL presented a two-hour panel discussion on the Ongoing Nakba. The discussion highlighted the root causes of the conflict, Israeli policies of forcible population transfer, and international legality and state responsibility.


     2. Women Empowerment
In commemoration of International Women’s Day, BADIL hosted a workshop to enhance bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation with partner community-based organizations. The workshop gave the opportunity to increase understanding of women’s roles in partner organizations and within Palestinian civil society, the obstacles faced in implementing activities and projects including an exchange of experiences, and the ways in which to enhance future activities and projects through collective efforts and joint projects. 

B. Enhancing Community Engagement



1. Local and National Campaigns
BADIL participated in the second Annual Apartheid Conference hosted by Filistiniat, a civil society organization in Haifa, through a panel discussion on Israeli Apartheid, the ongoing displacement of Palestinians and the rights-based practical return of the refugees. Moreover, BADIL displayed the women empowerment project photo exhibition, featuring the ongoing displacement in Area C of the West Bank.

In commemoration of the 39th Land Day, the Global Palestinian Refugee Network, which BADIL is a founding member, organized an initiative in the village of Wadi Fukin located in the west of the Bethlehem governorate. The initiative was attended by hundreds and included planting of olive trees in the land of the village, which is under threat of confiscation by the Israeli government.



      2. Al-Awda Award
This year the competition includes four categories: Best Poster, Best Photograph, Best Children’s Story, and Best Short Documentary. The deadline for entry submission for all categories is 17 April 2015.
For more details see in Arabic,
For more details see in Englis,
 
 3. Partnerships Community Based Organisations (CBOs)
During the 39th Land Day commemorations, BADIL supported eight popular initiatives in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. CBO partners implemented a variety of activities, such as planting olive trees, sport and cultural activities, public lectures, and voluntary and educational activities about Land Day.
In addition, BADIL is implementing a number of bilateral partnerships to empower Palestinian youth and children and to raise awareness on the practicalities of return in partnership with CBOs. 
To empower children, BADIL, in partnership with Defense for Children International-Palestine Section has implemented three activities:

C. Influencing Public Opinion

     1. Networks and Coalitions
The Global Palestinian Refugee Network (GPRN), which BADIL is a founding member, was officially launched during the 39th Land Day commemorations. The Network is an independent Palestinian human rights body, whose members are comprised of Palestinian civil society organizations from Mandate Palestine and around the globe, committed to providing a strategic rights-based framework of collective struggle for the realization of the rights of Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons.
Statement of the GPRN in Arabic,
Statement of the GPRN in English

      2. Publications      3. Media
  • BADIL in the News: alternative news venues featured 30 articles highlighting BADIL’s rights-based solution, initiatives and activities; and 93 minutes of television air time on Palestinian refugees in Syria and Lebanon, Land Day activities in the oPt and the launch of the Global Palestinian Refugee Network.
  • BADIL published 11 English and 15 Arabic press releases relating to its activities, publications and work in all its programs.

D. Institutional Agency 

BADIL held its first all staff training workshop of 2015 in February; the topics highlighted were increasing staff performance and team work, BADIL’s 2015 Action Plan and updates on administrative and financial procedures. 

Strategic Action II: Influencing Duty Bearers

     1. Research
Published: In progress:
  • Research on the “2012-2014 Survey” includes updating the demographic distribution of displaced Palestinians worldwide, adding a new section on protection gaps in the Arab countries, and an extensive field research on the perception of protection. The “2012-2014 Survey” will be published later this year.
  • BADIL is updating new version of its advocacy tool Q&A (Arbic and English).
  • BADIL is conducting a groundbreaking research into the concept of citizenship and nationality, focusing on the particularities of the Palestinian case.
     2. Legal and International Advocacy
BADIL’s legal advocacy priorities in the first quarter of 2015 were focused on Israeli accountability for the war crimes perpetuated during the third Israeli war on Gaza which took place in the summer of 2014. In January, BADIL briefed the United Nations Commission of Inquiry in Jordan. In February, BADIL submitted its report “Displacement of Palestinians as a War Crime”. In March, BADIL participated with four interventions in the 28th United Nations Human Rights Council Session: two oral and one written statements and one joint side event. A second side event was planned but cancelled due to the CoI’s decision to postpone the publication of its report.

International Advocacy:
  • BADIL hosted eight international delegations for a total of 125 participants from January to March highlighting the nine main Israeli policies of forced population transfer.
  • In addition, on 11 March BADIL presented a lecture on the ICC and Accountability to the student body of King’s College in London coordinated through Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR).
  • BADIL participated in the World Social Forum in Tunis via two panel discussion: the first hosted by the Tunisian Labor Union on challenging Zionist policies of forced population transfer with an emphasis on boycotting the Israeli Labor Union and the second hosted by Greek political parties on the military cooperation with Israel and states’ responsibilities.
  • BADIL increased awareness of the Ongoing Nakba and enhanced relationships with student and grassroots movements and organizations in the United States with a ten-day speaking and networking tour comprised of 13 public events and meetings attended by hundreds of people in the cities of New York, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and Boston.
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