(1 August 2019) BADIL launches first inaugural International Mobilization Course for the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People

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BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights launched its first inaugural International Mobilization Course for the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on 31 July 2019. The course will be held over 10 days, with 19 (15 women) international advocates, activists, mobilizers, and policy officers from across the world.

The course aims to strengthen the participants’ international mobilization and advocacy skills while giving them the opportunity to experience the reality in Palestine. In addition the course aims to increase knowledge and insight into Palestinian perspectives regarding international involvement and solidarity. The course consists of lectures and discussions with Palestinians and international advocates structured around field visits on both sides of the Green Line, to highlight the ongoing Nakba, and the Israeli policies of forcible displacement. This program will give all participants the opportunity to not only interact with Palestinian activists and rights holders, but also each other in order to form a revitalized and broader mobilization and solidarity network for the rights of the Palestinian people. This network will serve as the base of future initiatives and aims to aid in advocating with duty bearers.

The first day began with an orientation and ice-breaking activities, for participants to become more familiar with each other and BADIL staff. It included lectures that focused on terminology and concepts in order to ensure that all the participants share knowledge understanding of the important terms to be utilized in more depth throughout the course. It also included a field visit to Aida refugee camp wherein participants were introduced to the history of the camp, the ongoing Israeli violations towards Palestinians, and the current situation of the Palestinian refugees living in Aida camp.