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Quarterly Newsletter
October-December 2015
 
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Strategic Action I: Empowering Rights Holders

A. Empowering Women and Youth
 1. Youth Empowerment         
  • Course on Palestinian Refugees and International Law 
BADIL continues to provide the course in Al Quds University which continues to draw future Palestinian legal leaders. By request of the Hebron University’s Department of Law, BADIL will provide the course for the first time in the 2016 winter semester.
  • BADIL-Baladna
BADIL and Baladna Youth Organization finished the first phase of the joint action Outreach and Return "Tawasel wa Awda" with a closing event that combined a photographic exhibition with a youth panel carried out by the project participants on the policies of forced population transfer. The Outreach and Return Project consisted of 30 Palestinian youth from historical Palestine, who have taken educational and skills trainings to empower them to raise their voice and influence public opinion.
  • Empowerment of Jerusalem Youth


Inpartnership with three Palestinian organizations operating in Jerusalem, BADIL continuestoimplement the Legal Empowerment of Jerusalem Youth and Promotion of Self-Protection Mechanisms Project with 30 Palestinian youth from Jerusalem. Five workshops were held with participants on the policies of forcedpopulation transfer along with skills building workshops on documentation and reporting of human rights violations. The project aims to raise the participants’ awareness regarding the Israeli forcible transfer policies that take place in Jerusalem and other parts of the oPt. For more information, please see the press releases below (in Arabic):

B. Enhancing Community Engagement

1. 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.  At the end of 2015, BAIDL launched one of the main categories of the award: best Nakba Commemoration Poster, in collaboration with the Global Palestinian Refugee Network (GPRN) in order to achieve larger and broader public participation and engagement. Other categories of the award will be launched during the year 2016. 

The deadline for entry submission in the poster category is 15 April 2016. For more information about the award and the poster category criteria, please see the press releases below in Arabic:
http://badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4520-pr-ar-291215-65.html
http://www.badil.org/ar/publications-ar/press-releases/61-2015/4519-awda-award-2016.html
 
 2. Partnerships Community Based Organisations (CBOs)
BADIL implements all of its programs and activities with Palestinian civil societies through partnerships with community-based organizations. Both youth and women empowerment projects have been implemented with Palestinian organizations on both sides of the Green Line.
BADIL in cooperation with Defense for Children International-Palestine Section has implemented a project to raise awareness among children which culminated in the production of a photographic book by the children. The photo book distribution event was held in Aida Refugee Camp and was attended by the participants and their organizations. 
 
 

C. Influencing Public Opinion

     1. Networks and Coalitions

As a member of the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council, BADIL continues to influence and shape Palestinian and international public opinion on accountability and international law with the recent coalition statement on EU labeling of settlement products
 
      2. Publications
  • Haq al-Awda, Issue 64, "Resolution 164: Pending Protection", in Arabic, which includes a contribution of 6 articles from the Youth Empowerment Program.  
  • Photo Exhibition and Panel Discussion from the Youth Empowerment Program
  • “Promoting a Rights-based Solution” brochure in Arabic
     3. Media

BADIL in the News: alternative news venues featured 22 articles highlighting BADIL’s rights-based solution, initiatives and activities, and/or mentions of BADIL’s work, including reference to the Survey of Palestinian Refugees and IDPs.
 
BADIL published 8 English and 15 Arabic press releases relating to its activities, publications and work in all its programs.
 
On 14 December, BADIL held a press conference to launch the 8th Edition of the “Survey of Palestinian Refugees and IDPs, 2013-2015”. The press conference is the first in a series of engagements with local and international media. For more information see the press release in Arabic and in English
Several TV interviews were conducted during the press conference, which can be found on BADIL’s vimeo page.  

D. Institutional Agency 

The new developments within this program are:
  • General Assembly meeting and elections for new Board of Directors on 23 October 2015.
  • Recruitment of 4 new staff members in the following positions: legal researcher, legal advocacy, media and advocacy and activities officer under a 3 month probation period; recruitment of one research intern.
  • Design of draft online complaint mechanism and manual which is under review by external partners. 

Strategic Action II: Influencing Duty Bearers

1. Research
2. Legal and International Advocacy

Legal Advocacy: 
 
BADIL issued a legal analysis following an ugly incident in Aida Refugee Camp, whereby members of the Israeli military threatened to kill Palestinian civilians and execute a prisoner. This analysis was quoted widely, including in Ma’an, Mondoweiss and al Jazeera, and was followed up with the BADIL’s filing of specific complaints with a number of Special Rapporteurs under the UN special procedures mechanism.

BADIL also issued a press release in response to the release of the report of Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation inside the occupied Palestinian territory, highlighting the report’s observation of Israeli practices consistent with colonialism and apartheid​. This press release was later featured in Middle East Eye.

During this period, there has also been extensive engagement with international and Palestinian NGOs, as well as other relevant actors, regarding the development of an agreed legal framework for forcible transfer, which is a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, as well as recognized as a war crime and crime against humanity. This includes a briefing delivered to a delegation of legal experts during discussions on the issue of forcible transfer inside the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

Other notable efforts include BADIL’s submission of a report to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, outlining Israel’s failure to implement a broad range of recommendations from UN-mandated investigatory bodies; extensive engagement with the UN Business and Human Rights Forum, and publication of an opinion piece with Middle East Eye, highlighting how a failure to hold Israel accountable for its actions has directly contributed to a worsening of the human rights situation inside the oPt.

International Advocacy: 

BADIL hosted 12 international delegations for a total of 246 participants, in addition to quite a few one-on-one meetings with PhD candidates and researchers from October to December. The majority of the lectures focused on highlighting historic and contemporary displacement via the nine main Israeli policies of forced population transfer.

Multiple tours and briefings focusing on contemporary forcible transfer of Palestinians with Swiss, American and Danish delegations were also provided.  
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