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BADIL -Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights


Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Founded1998, and registered with the Palestinian Authority
In their own wordsto “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.”



Antisemitic Cartoons

  • An antisemitic cartoon won a monetary award for 2nd prize in BADIL’s 2010 Al-Awda Nakba caricature competition.  The cartoon is a blatant representation of classic antisemitic tropes, including a Jewish man, garbed in traditional Hasidic attire, with a hooked nose and side locks. He stands above a dead child and skulls, holding a pitchfork dripping with blood. The antisemitic caricature was removed from BADIL’s website after NGO Monitor approached BADIL partner DanChurchAid on the issue.
  • In 2017, the first prize of BADIL’s Nakba poster contest portrays a man tearing apart the Balfour Declaration.
  • In 2015, BADIL published a cartoon depicting a tsunami of keys rising up and washing over what is supposed to be the “negotiation table” and two people, one of whom is wearing a kippah with a Jewish star on it.
  • Another 2015 cartoon shows a clenched fist rising up through a map of the State of Israel with the caption reading “Return is our Right and our Destiny.” (See below for selected images.)


  • 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.

BDS Activities

  • Advocates for anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment and sanction) campaigns, including a prominent BDS section on its website and a “BDS campaign update” on BDS activities worldwide.
  • In November 2016, held a side event in partnership with Who Profits at the United Nation’s Forum on Business and Human Rights discussing “the development of a data base of corporations complicit in human rights violations in the oPt.”
  • In October 2016, hosted a panel at the European Parliament on “ensuring accountability for violations of international law in the occupied Palestinian Territories and on the UN database of businesses operating in Israeli settlements.” According to BADIL, the “panel was held in the context of nearly 50 years of Israeli occupation of Palestine, a situation of international armed conflict, where violations of the applicable international humanitarian law and international human rights law are met with impunity by Israel, the Occupying Power.”
  • On May 2016, BADIL engaged in a multi-city speaking tour of Ireland, hosted and sponsored by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC). According to BADIL the tour was an opportunity to highlight the “legitimacy and legality of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) as one of the effective methods of resistance.”
  • BADIL participated in the annual meetings of the International Labor Organization that took place in Geneva in May 2016. According to BADIL’s website, “BADIL’s participation was vital in supporting and lobbying for the call for boycotting the General Organization or Workers in Israel (Histadrut).”
  • Together with other NGOs, Badil signed on a “Joint Call to Action: July 2014 – Month against the Apartheid Wall,” stating: “….it is time for a ‘legal intifada’, an intensified popular struggle and more boycotts, divestment and sanctions. It is time for accountability…. to overcome Israeli apartheid, colonialism and occupation. We ask you to expand and deepen the global BDS movement for justice…”
  • In 2013, BADIL released a newsletter titled “Eight Years of the BDS Movement: Where Have We Come Since 2005?” Articles included “Lessons from the Campaign for Sanctions on Apartheid South Africa,” “What happened to the ‘S’ in BDS?” and “Complicity and Apartheid: On campaigning for Palestinian rights in Belgium.”
  • In 2010, Badil legal counselor Yasmine Gado authored a paper titled “Principles and Mechanisms to Hold Business Accountable for Human Rights Abuses: Potential Avenues to Challenge Corporate Involvement in Israel’s Oppression of the Palestinian People.” The paper “was prepared by Badil as a resource for the Palestinian civil society-led Campaign for Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel.”

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