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BADIL -Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights

Profile

Country/TerritoryPalestinian Authority
Websitewww.badil.org
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.”

Funding

Activities

  • Ideological agenda centers on promoting a so-called Palestinian “right of return.” The NGO’s language regularly exploits human rights terminology, accusing Israel of “slow genocide.”
  • Utilizes 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.”
  • 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).”
  • 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.”
  • In March 2015, BADIL, together with Israeli NGO Zochrot went on a speaking tour across the United States to discuss “the ongoing Nakba affecting Palestinians both in Palestine and in the diaspora.” According to the event flyer, “Presentations will aim to provide a historical overview of the Nakba (“Catastrophe” in Arabic) and the Right of Return, the forcible displacement of Palestinian since before 1948 and continuing today, and the practicalities of return for refugees. In turn, American audiences will have focused time to consider their role in supporting the call for the Right of Return and how to integrate the Nakba into U.S.-based activism.”
  • In March 2016, Badil partnered with Zochrot for “The Third International Conference on the Return of Palestinian Refugees,” and gave a lecture titled “Practical Return in Palestinian Civil Society: Challenges and Opportunities.” Other lectures included “From Banning the Nakba to Bridging Narrative: Law and Collective Memory of 1948,” and “Cracks in Zionism? The Implications of Return for Zionist Ideology and Practice.” The conference was funded by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a US-based Quaker organization that leads anti-Israel BDS campaigns on college campuses and in churches.
  • In 2012, Zochrot and Badil published a manifesto that encouraged a “de-zionized” one-state solution, essentially calling for Israel to be dismantled

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 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.)

Lawfare

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

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.
  • 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.”
  • 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 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.”

Other images

2007 Al Awda Awards submission

Photo Gallery

2010 Al-Awda Awards: 3rd place

2010 Al Awda Awards: 3rd place

 

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