1. Local and National Campaigns
Campaign against Forced Population Transfer
BADIL implemented eight more training sessions in Area C on forced population transfer in June, for a total of ten training sessions. The target groups for these training sessions were Palestinian Bedouin communities
and municipal councils and villages “hosting” these communities
. The training sessions focused on Israeli policies of forced population transfer and practical measures that can be taken to increase Palestinian resilience.
66th Nakba Commemoration
Hundreds of Palestinians and internationals attended the national commemoration of the Nakba which took place in Al-Walaja
village, in Bethlehem District. The event included the erection of a tent in the lands of the displaced village of Al-Walaja, displaying a photo exhibition about forced population transfer and a march towards the Armistice Line of 1949. Israeli soldiers surrounded the tent and did not allow anybody to leave it. They then shot tear gas at it. Later, the Israeli army destroyed the tent including the photo exhibition.
The Nakba commemoration was implemented in cooperation with 8 community-based organizations: Ibdaá Foundation for the Development of Child’s Abilities and International Cultural Exchange, Youth Action Center for Community Development, Shoruq Organization, Aida Youth Center, Lajee Center, Alrowwad Cultural and Theatre Society, Ansar Center and the Alternative Information Center.
Commemoration of World Refugee Day
On 19 June, BADIL organized a photographic exhibition
in commemoration of World Refugee at the Palace of Nations, Geneva, that drew significant attention from UN officials. BADIL complemented the exhibition by a statement on the ongoing crime of forced population transfer committed against the Palestinian people.
2. Al-Awda Award
This is the 8th
year of BADIL’s annual Al-Awda Award. BADIL launched the 2014 Award on 10 February under the theme “No to Decreasing Refugee Rights, Yes to Comprehensive International Protection” with two categories: Best Nakba Poster and Journalistic Stories.
40 submissions from all over historic Palestine and abroad arrived by 17 April, the deadline for the first category, Best Nakba Poster
. The winning poster, created by Ahmad Durgham from the Gaza Strip, was announced and then utilized in the 66th
6 June was the deadline for the second category, Journalistic Stories. 32 submissions were received, and the final result of this category will be announced in August 2014.
3. Partnerships with community-based organizations (CBOs)
BADIL supported 17 popular initiatives with CBOs
covering all of historic Palestine during the 66th
Nakba commemorations. BADIL CBO partners implemented a variety of activities, ranging from artistic murals, marathons, and photo exhibitions.