On 13 August, BADIL Resource Center, implemented the first online training sessions for the Al Awda (Return) School, which is being held electronically via the Zoom application. The program targets 35 youth participants (half young women) from all regions of mandatory Palestine, , in addition to Lebanon, and aims to raise awareness and enhance the capabilities of rights holders to raise their voices on the rights of the Palestinian people.
The school’s first sessions dealt with the issue of the planned Israeli annexation of significant parts of the West Bank, as an integral part of the Zionist colonial project that has been ongoing for over 100 years, highlighting the shift from de facto (in practice) to de-jure annexation (in law) of Palestinian land. Annexation, which is the acquisition of territory by force or the threat of force, is a violation of a peremptory norm of international law and is prohibited regards of its form.
The online Al-Awda School’s training sessions will continue throughout the month of August and will address issues relating to the conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, the Israelization policies pursued by Israel against Palestinians within the Green Line, normalization and its policies and objectives, in addition to a general review of the Oslo Accords/Agreements.