October-December 2012


Youth Education and Activation Project (YEAP)

Fifth Initiative: In support and solidarity with Palestinian farmers, YEAP participants joined BADIL and a host of Palestinian community-based organizations in a volunteer olive harvesting day on 2 November 2012. Simultaneous olive harvesting support by YEAP members took place in Wadi Fukin (Bethlehem) and Khuz’a (Gaza). The events targeted Palestinian farmers that face ongoing Israeli displacement policies and continuous attacks by Israeli settlers during olive harvest season. This initiative is the second YEAP initiative implemented to encourage volunteerism among Palestinian youth. The first was implemented during a three day mission/tour to the Jordan Valley and other areas of the West Bank also facing imminent displacement by the Israeli authorities.

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Strategy Forum

BADIL-Zochrot Joint Action: On 23 December 2012, BADIL and Zochrot held a joint conference for the launch of the findings of the joint action mission to Cape Town South Africa. The output of the mission was a Vision Paper, constituted of a series of four papers on the practicalities of Palestinian Refugee return. The papers were published in the 49th issue of Al-Majdal (BADIL’s English periodical magazine) and were the main focus of the launching event in Tel-Aviv. The Vision Paper was distributed to the one hundred and some Israeli, Palestinian and international attendants in English and Hebrew.

See: http://www.zochrot.org/en/content/inaugurating-%E2%80%9Cvision-return%E2%80%9D

Civil Society Activists Forum (CSAF): The third and fourth meetings of the CSAF took place on 7 and 8 December, respectively. The two-day long meetings were held in the Ongoing Nakba Education Center at BADIL headquarters in Bethlehem and the Phoenix Charitable Society in Dheisheh Refugee Camp. The first half of the first day involved the recollection and discussion of the historic highlights and turning points of the evolution of the Palestinian national movement up to the present led by Professor Abd Al-Majeed Hamdan, a prominent Palestinian thinker and writer. The second half of the first day engaged the 35 participants of the CSAF in the discussion and analysis of two artistic presentations: a musical presentation by the Palestinian musical group “Injaz” and a theatrical play on the geopolitical and socioeconomic situation in Jerusalem by Hussam Ghosh.

The second day involved a discussion and debate surrounding the concept and context of Palestinian national identity, including the potential impact of the inclusion of Palestine as a non-member observer state in the United Nations. The discussion was led and mediated by Mr. Ahmed Abu Ghosh, co-author of “Palestinian National Identity: Formation Particularity and Defining Framework” published by BADIL in May 2012.

Academic Activists Training: Sixty-one students enrolled for the BADIL course, “Palestinian Refugees under International Law”, given at Al-Quds University. Approximately 70 students from the Al-Quds University Legal Department also participated in a BADIL-led fact-finding mission to the Jordan Valley and Nablus. The one day long tour exposed the law students to the realities of Israeli forced displacement policies and practices faced by the Palestinian communities in those areas.
Al-Awda Award Competition

The third and final phase of the Al-Awda Award which is comprised of the Best Story for Children and Best Short Documentary Film Photograph categories was completed in December. The winners from the two categories were honoured at an award ceremony on 20 December which commemorated the anniversary of UN Resolution 194. This year BADIL commissioned 3 different artists to illustrate the 2012 children stories. Consequently, each story book created had its own unique quality and resulted in an appealing and attractive children’s series. With regards to the short documentary films, the independent jury upon review of the submissions received, decided that there was not a submission that could be awarded first place based on the criteria established. Therefore, only a second place and two honorary mentions were selected.

See: http://www.badil.org/ar/press-releases/143-2012/3637-press-ara-44

See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5uVimMT-Bk&feature=youtu.be

Winners from the first and second phase were honoured at the First Palestinian commemoration of World Refugee Day that BADIL implemented on 5 July.

See: http://www.badil.org/ar/press-releases/143-2012/3581-press-ara-32

Ongoing Nakba Education Center (ONEC)

BADIL is delighted to announce through its Ongoing Nakba Education Center (ONEC) the release of the latest multimedia advocacy tools on the ONEC website. Several new tools have been added to the project, documenting additional cases of ongoing Palestinian displacement.

 Additions to the ONEC-3rd Quarter


Films (14)

Audios (1)

Photographic Galleries (5)


1.      Battir, “Villagers on the Line”

2.      Wadi Abu Hind, Jabal, Khan al-Ahmar, Anata “Nowhere left to go”;

3.      Bet Sakarya;

4.      The al-Gurshan, “Under Sun”;

5.      Al-Auja

Dheisheh, “Displacement and Identity”

1.      Battir

2.      Al-Qabu



1.      Nassif Jahshan, “Haifa in the Memory”;

2.      Amneh Hammad, “Haifa in theMemory”;

3.      Jaser Salah, “Haifa in the Memory”.



Tabariyya (Tiberias)

Eliaboun, “Sons of Eliaboun”




4.      Abasan, “I Shall Not Be Moved From My Land”

5.      Khuza'a, “I Will Rebuild My House Again”



Akka (Acre)

6.      Amqa, Stories of Palestinian Women

7.      Suhmata, Stories of Palestinian Women

8.      Tarshiha, Stories of Palestinian Women


1.      Iqrith

2.      Al-Bassa

3.      Kufr Birim (Safad)

BADIL, in cooperation with the Alternative Information Center, held a public screening of “Villagers on the Line”, a documentary film produced by ONEC. The screening, which took place on 1 December, was followed by a lively discussion about the unique situation in the village of Battir, in terms of Israeli policies in that area, land confiscation and appropriation, the route of the Apartheid Wall, and the consequences of the status of lands that were designated agricultural heritage sites by UNESCO. The screening and discussion was followed by a tour to Battir the following day. This activity aimed to 1) increase the awareness surrounding triggers to forced displacement used by the Israeli regime, those that target both local rights holders and international stakeholders and 2) to promote the ONEC as tool for awareness-raising and advocacy available to these target groups.


Local Mobilization: Campaign on Forced Population Transfer in the oPt

BADIL launched a campaign targeting marginalized populations in Area C of the occupied territory to contribute to their self-protection and resilience in those areas which are facing imminent threats forced population transfer. The campaign consists of two phases: training and awareness on forced population transfer policies of the state of Israel in the oPt in communities facing the threat of forced transfer; and the mobilization of these communities through popular initiatives to advocate for adherence, respect and accountability to international law and human rights. The first phase comprised of the implementation of 10 two-day training sessions that covered 10 areas: 1) eight Bedouin communities in the southern Hebron hills 2) four Palestinian villages in the area between Nablus and the Jordan Valley 3) Farah Refugee Camp 4) Salfiet 5) Bethlehem refugee camps 6) Rafah, Gaza 7) Khan Younis, Gaza 8) Ramallah refugee camps 9) Jerusalem 10) Battir and Al-Walaja.

Approximately 400 people participated in the trainings which took place through out the fourth quarter of 2012. The second phase of the campaign, the popular initiatives will be implemented in the first and second quarters of 2013.

See: http://www.badil.org/en/press-releases/142-2012/3621-press-eng-47

Campaign against Women in Green

Women in Green (WiG) is a registered Israeli non-profit organization. It has no institutional origins and does not contain overlapping personnel from other women’s organizations. It was founded in 1993 by Ruth and Michael Matar and is not affiliated with any political party. WiG opposes the Oslo Agreements and the PNA. Its motto is: “The Land of Israel belongs to the People of Israel". It is dedicated to protecting the security and Jewish heritage of historic Israel. It opposes the two-state solution and they aim to claim all of Judea and Samaria as Jewish land. Women in Green believes Palestinians are descended from relatively recent immigrants and favor their transfer to the neighboring Arab countries from which they believe they originate. BADIL, in cooperation with the Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI) of the EJ-YMCA and YWCA of Palestine, the World Council of Churches' (WCC) Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI), the Israel/Palestine Mission Network (IPMN) of the Presbyterian Church in the USA and the United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have begun a campaign to stop US tax exemption for WiG based on their violation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territory. To this end the aforementioned organizations have compiled a file that contains a review of Women in Green and their activities in the West Bank, including legal documents and interviews with Palestinian victims – farmers whose lands have been attacked and vandalized by members of the organization and the historical background of Zionism, Zionist and Israeli practices and mechanisms to confiscate Palestinian lands. The file was sent to the Presbyterian Church lawyers in the USA for legal review on 10 October. Pending the results of this review and the recommendations made by the Presbyterian lawyers, the cooperating organization will put forth a plan of action regarding Women in Green.

See: http://www.badil.org/ar/press-releases/143-2012/3652-press-ara-48



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