BADIL – an update on a Palestinian NGO.

BADIL –   translates from  Arabic as “alternative”. It was established in 1998, and is registered with the Palestinian Authority.

BADIL’s mission is  to

“defend and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees and IDPs.”

BADIL seeks to

“advance the individual and collective rights of the Palestinian people”

on the basis of

“the principles of international law, in particular international human rights law.”

It is a resource centre for

‘Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights’ and  an independent, community-based non-profit organisation which works to defend and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees and IDPs.

That in itself sounds fine. However when you look deeper you find information you’d rather not find.

Its aim centres around promoting Palestinian “right of return.” It regularly accuses Israel of genocide and “slow genocide.”

It’s funding is  non-transparent. Research reveals that BADIL received $100,000 from the NDC (joint funding of Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands) in 2008-9 and $575,000 for 2010-12

In May 5, 2010, the Palestinian NGO BADIL awarded an AL-AWDA AWARD to a blatantly antisemitic cartoon, featuring a grotesque caricature of a Jewish man standing over a dead Arab child and holding a pitchfork dripping with blood.

The antisemitic image was featured on its website until NGO Monitor contacted DanChurchAid, a BADIL partner, and its officials intervened. The joint funding was frozen in May 2011.

In correspondence with NGO Monitor a representative from DanChurchAid agreed that the cartoon was antisemitic, attributing

“this unfortunate incident” to “a misjudgment or error on behalf of Badil management.”

Deadline for submission in all categories of the 2015 AL-AWDA AWARD is Friday, 17 April 2015.

“Al-Awda Award is part of BADIL’s efforts to promote the rights of Palestinian refugees and to highlight the ongoing displacement of the Palestinian people for the past 66 years.”

The 2015 Al-Awda Award categories:
1. The Best Nakba Commemoration Poster
2. The Best Short Documentary
3. The Best Photograph
4. The Best Children Story

Category 1: Al-Awda Award for the best Nakba Commemoration Poster

The best Nakba commemoration Poster for this year must focus on the determination of the Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons to achieve their right of return to their homes. The poster should reflect this determination and the challenging spirit of the different generations. The poster should express the inevitability of return as the solution.

Category 2: Al-Awda Award for the Best Short Documentary.

The short documentary should document testimonies of at least three first-generation refugees, men and women, who witnessed the Nakba. The documentary needs to focus on their life before, during, and the first years after the Nakba.

Category 3: Al- Awda Award for the Best Photograph

The photography should focus on one of the following topics: manifestations of the ongoing Nakba, the continuing violations of the rights of the Palestinian people, and resisting Israeli displacement policies. These policies include denial of residency; installment of a permit regime; land confiscation and denial of use; discriminatory zoning and planning; segregation; denial of natural resources and access to services; denial of refugee return; suppression of resistance.

Category 4: Al- Awda Award for the Best Children Story

1st Place Winner (Awda Award 2011), Ahmad Shamiyah, Gaza.

The theme of the children’s story is enhancing the children’s understanding of their rights, focusing on one of the following rights: the right to life, the right to identity and citizenship, the right to safety and security. For details about the meaning of these rights, please review the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Seems they have done way with the caricature section. There are some excellent exhibits and what a shame such talent is wasted.

Winners of past Annual Al-Awda Awards.

 BADIL has also received funding from DanChurchAid and Trócaire.

DanChurchAid:

  • Claims to work for “peace and reconciliation” with “progressive forces within Israeli and Palestinian civil societies to reinforce democracy and respect for human rights, and to support efforts for sustainable peace and justice.”
  • In reality, DanChurchAid partners with some of the most radical NGOs including BADIL, the Alternative Information Center , Sabeel, the Joint Advocacy Initiative of the East Jerusalem YMCA, and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR).
  • It publishes one-sided condemnations of Israel which erase the context of terrorism, repeat the Palestinian narrative, ignore corruption, and blames Israel for Palestinian poverty.
  • It has joined with Badil to implement a “Call to Action, which includes anti-Israel boycott and sanction campaigns; efforts to “[e]nlist journalists to organize a targeted campaign to expose the lies of AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League and to expose the Jewish and Zionist community’s double standards regarding Nakba & Occupation”; and enlisting the help of anti-Israel “Jewish” NGOs to “rais[e] awareness of the . . . right of return among the Jewish public in Israel.”

According to an evaluation of the NGO, direct funding from the Swiss government was ended because BADIL would not endorse the Geneva Initiative.  Nevertheless, the government continued to fund BADIL via the NDC.

Also uses demonizing language such as “Israel’s colonial apartheid regime,” “state-sponsored racism,” and “systematic ethnic cleansing,” and claims that “[i]nstitutionalized racism and discrimination” is the “root cause…of the ongoing internal forcible displacement and dispossession of the Palestinian people.”

In December 2010, BADIL participated in the 10th Annual Meeting of the Global Palestine Right of Return Coalition. The final statement from the meeting explicitly rejects the Roadmap for Peace and the Arab Peace Initiative:

“The Rejection of any settlement to the Palestinian/Arab – Zionist conflict…to emphasize that the terms of reference of the current purposed settlements such the Roadmap Plan and the Arab Peace Initiative do not meet the minimum rights of our people but only perpetuate the arrogance of the Zionists.”

Badil was involved in lawfare attempts to prosecute Israeli military officials in international and European courts, and has published in 2009 a report titled “Litigating Palestine,” in which BADIL notes the different venues that can be used to file claims against Israel and the “progress” made in recent years.

It submits written and oral statements in condemnation of Israel before the UN Human Rights Council. Uses UN resolutions selectively to support its politics.

Advocates for anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment and sanction) campaigns, including a prominent BDS section on its website and an extensive “BDS campaign update” on BDS activities worldwide.

Partners include Trócaire, Norwegian Peoples Aid, United Methodist Church, Oxfam, and the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). All well know antisemitic and anti-Israel NGOs.

The Olive tree Campaign

You will have to download the PDF to read about this but  it is worth it.

The opening paragraph says:

“Olive trees are deeply rooted in Palestine and throughout the history of the Palestinian people.

History of the Palestinian people?  What, a whole 38 years?

Funny thing is too that when the Olive Tree was mentioned in the Torah and the Koran there was no country, even back then, called Palestine.

  Trócaire   is an Irish Charity ‘Working for a Just World’, yet is amongst the most anti-Israel/antisemitic groups in the world.

NGO Monitor states that in 2012,

Trócaire received €23 million in governmental funding: €18.5 million from Ireland, €2.8 million from the EU, and €1.6 million from the UK. UNICEF also provided €280,000 to Trócaire in 2012.

Under a 5-year funding commitment from Irish Aid, Trócaire was pledged €116 million from 2007-11.

In 2010, Trócaire reported an income of €5.5 million from Irish Aid, €2.7 million from the EU, and €1.3 million from the UK Department for International Development.

Trócaire spent €151,187 in “Palestine” in 2009-10, compared with €952,441 in 2008-09.

Two leading Trócaire officials who deal or have dealt directly with Palestinian issues were hired after working for the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). The IPSC is a radical group that advocates for boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS), including a cultural boycott of Israeli academics and artists.  Trócaire’s Palestine program officer, Garry Walsh, is former National Coordinator of the IPSC;  Eoin Murray, Trócaire’s Campaigns Coordinator, was also the National Coordinator for the IPSC and worked for the Palestine Centre for Human Rights in Gaza.

Read on at NGO Monitor there is more.

Palestine’s Ongoing Nakba

The term Nakba (Arabic for ‘Catastrophe’) refers to the first round of massive population transfer undertaken by the Zionist movement and the State of Israel in the period between November 1947 (the issuing of the UN Partition Plan for Palestine) and the cease-fire agreements with Arab states in 1949. The Nakba was an act of forced population transfer (ethnic cleansing) undertaken for the purpose of establishing Israel as a state that would ensure permanent dominance of Jewish settler-immigrants over the indigenous Arab people of Palestine. More than 750,000 Palestinians were forcibly displaced from their homes and lands during these original Nakba years.

The Ongoing Nakba refers to Israel’s ongoing denial of the rights of displaced Palestinians to return to the lands from which they were displaced, as well as the ongoing experience of forced displacement and dispossession of Palestinians from their homelands that has continued since the original Nakba years as a result of Israel’s policies and practices, namely Israeli apartheid, colonisation and military occupation.

al-Majdal is BADIL’s quarterly magazine on Palestinian refugees.

The magazine aims to raise public awareness and support for a just solution to Palestinian residency and refugee issues.

This is part of the issue for Winter-Spring 2010 (issue #43), entitled

“The Jewish National Fund: A Para-State Institution in the Service of Colonialism and Apartheid”

in which they say …

Jewish National Fund from various vantage-points. Joseph Schechla examines the ideological roots of Zionist organizations such as the JNF. He shows how the conflation of religion, race, nationality and citizenship, and its incorporation into Israeli law and statutes of Zionist agencies constitutes the pillar of the colonial apartheid regime that harms not only Palestinians but also Jews worldwide. Alaa Mahajna situates the JNF in Israel’s legal regime over land, analyzing recent changes to Israel’s land laws in this light. Mahajneh’s analysis is supplemented by a useful diagram prepared by attorney Usama Halabi that provides a visual map of Israel’s legal regime over land.

It goes on to say..

Ahmed Abughoush, Vivian Tabar, and Yeela Raanan provide us with case studies from both sides of the green line. These are complimented by a photo-story that describes what one would see on a visit to the JNF’s Menachem Begin park built on the ruins of the Palestinian villages al-Qabu and Ras Abu Ammar. Dan Freeman-Maloy attempts to untangle the workings of the JNF within the web of Zionists lobby, community and fundraising organizations operating in North America. Finally, Sofiah Macleod and Sara Kershnar provide us with an overview of already existing campaigns to challenge the JNF, providing a starting point for discussions on how to develop such campaigns in the near future.

This issue of al-Majdal has been prepared in the lead-up to an international civil society organizing conference which will take place in Scotland in the coming weeks, and that follows from the recommendations of the Bilbao Initiatives (November 2008) highlighting the JNF as a priority for the BDS campaign.

I urge you to read more HERE at the link for this article and at least follow some of the links posted. I promise you that it is quite an eye opener.

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4 comments

  1. This is not a pro-Israel organization, obviously.

    Given its indifference toward ongoing Arab abuse toward Palestinian-Arabs, it is hard to see it as a human rights organization, in fact.

  2. Good Article Shirlee, very well written! I learned some things I wasn’t aware of.

  3. Jan Poddebsky

    Does anyone wonder whether Qatar is funding the University of Sydney and its Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution?

    • Never thought about it to be honest with you.
      I just did a search and found a list of 2013 donors and not Qatar or Arab money listed.