Palestinian Vision (PalVision, or "Ruya")
|Founded||1998, registered with the Palestinian Ministry in 2000|
|In their own words||PalVision “arose as a response to an urgent need for Palestinian youth to have an outlet through which to express themselves and their desire to build a strong and healthy Palestinian society.”|
- In 2016, total income was $1.6 million; total expenses were $1.5 million.
- 2016 donors include: European Union, the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (joint funding from the governments of Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, and Denmark), Germany (GIZ, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung), DanChurchAid (Denmark), HEKS-EPER (Switzerland), NGO Development Center (NDC), American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), UNICEF, and the British Council.
- PalVision received €1.5 million (2016-2019) from the European Union via the East Jerusalem Programme in partnership with DanChurchAid for “Promoting Change and Youth leadership in East Jerusalem.”
- In 2016-2017, PalVision received DKK 4.5 million from DanChurchAid.
- PalVision received $85,320 in 2015-2016 from the Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat (joint funding from the governments of Switzerland, Sweden, Netherlands, and Denmark) to “Increase access to justice for Palestinians living in East Jerusalem, through contributing to address HR and IHL violations perpetrated by the Israeli occupation.”
- In 2016, HEKS-EPER granted its partner organizations, including PalVision, 760,000 Swiss Francs (CHF). It is unclear how much of the funding PalVision received.
- The British Government provided £2.8 million (2012-2016) to the “Tajaawob Program,” comprising PalVision, Oxfam GB, and Coalition for Accountability and Integrity (AMAN). It is not clear how funding was distributed to each of the NGOs.
- In 2015, PalVision, alongside the Burj Al Luqluq Social Center Society and Al-Saraya Center for Community Service, received $408,025 from the NGO Development Center.
- Awarded $330,000 in 2014 from the United States (National Endowment for Democracy) for “to design and implement advocacy campaigns on connecting citizens with their elected representatives in Bethlehem, Jenin, and Qabetiya.”
- Received a grant of $50,000 from the Welfare Association in 2015.
- Aims “to empower Palestinian youth through national awareness campaigns, leadership opportunities, and the establishment of national youth networks. The goal is to initiate youth-led sustainable development, social equity, and economic viability through volunteerism, social activism, entrepreneurship, lobbying and advocacy, both on a local and national level.”
- Regularly accuses Israel of “Judaization”; refers to Israel as “1948 areas” or “Palestine 1948” and to cities in Israel as “1948 occupied cities”; labels the security barrier as the “Apartheid Wall.”
- Falsely claims that the Mamilla shopping center is “built over [an] Islamic cemetery” and that Givat Shaul “is a settlement that ate the lands and bodies of the Deir Yasin Martyrs.”
- Organizes a project, “Tajaawob,” in partnership with the British Council, Oxfam GB, and others, and funded by the UK, which seeks to “bridge the gap between the citizens and decision makers.” One aspect of this program is the “Officials on the Road” program, which exposes decision makers to “the daily problems faced by Palestinians… These face-to-face encounters take place in marginalized villages, where officials are directly exposed to the difficulties faced by residents in terms of policies and provision of services.” According to its website, the decision makers are accompanied by “an informed citizen.”
- Tajaawob’s interactive map of the region does not include Israel and refers to the Negev as “South Palestine” and the Galilee region as “North Palestine.”
- In November 2018, PalVision held a conference on “Movement of Jerusalem,” focusing on “the concept of Palestinophobia and anti-Palestinianism, collective punishment as a component of the coercive environment, and local and international advocacy as a means of mobilizing support for Israeli racist policies.”
- In March 2018, on the occasion of Land Day, PalVision posted on Facebook a statement against normalization with Israel saying “By virtue of our zeal for Palestinian principles, the Palestinian Vision Organization emphasizes its rejection of the normalization initiatives and strongly condemns the normalization events that have gathered under various headings and calls on the people and families in Jerusalem to oppose normalization in any way…The organization commits to punitive measures against anyone found to have participated in the normalization process in accordance with anti-normalization standards adopted by the Palestinian National BDS Committee” (emphasis added).
- In 2016, organized a project funded by American Friends Service Committee titled “Palestinian Youth Exchanges – Tawasalo” meant to “foster and strengthen a united national identity by challenging the Israeli imposed separation and isolation policies, which led to the fragmentation and division of Palestinians, and the violation of their right to freedom of movement.”
- PalVision’s 2014 annual report stated that “We conclude another year full of activity and challenges, consolidating hope and belief that Jerusalem will always be an Arab bride- the bride of Palestine in the eyes of its youth, who believe in its role and are aware of their cause and values. We pay tribute to the city that has bestowed upon us a spirit of giving, work, and perseverance, and from it we embark on our journey through the whole of Palestine.” (emphasis added)
- Organizes a project titled “We Belong Here,” which takes youth on “field visits to Jerusalemite prisoners listening to their stories and experiences in the occupier jail to share the experience and the true story of the struggle we as Palestinians are living” presenting a biased and distorted view of the conflict, based solely on the Palestinian narrative of victimization and sole Israeli aggression (emphasis added).
- Promotes BDS (boycotts, divestments and sanctions).
- In May 2016, PalVision created a video calling for the boycott of HP accusing it of “provid[ing] the Israeli occupation with its technology used to monitor and besiege the Palestinian people.”
- In 2015, PalVision’s project “Mit7arkeen,” implemented with Baladna, Al-Shabaka, and American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), initiated a “HP boycott campaign” and held a workshop “in partnership with Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israel (BDS), targeting civil society organisations in the West Bank, to address the importance of boycott and sign the charter of honour to boycott HP with the participation of 100 people, where 68 organisations signed the charter of honour.”
- Tamara Tamimi, PalVision resource development officer, participated in American Friends Service Committee’s 2015 “Palestine Youth Organizers: National Speaking Tour” discussing “how Palestinian youth are building connections with groups in the US working on Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), and especially the HP boycott movement.”
- Organized a 2014 “Jerusalemite Youth Summit,” which addressed topics including “the boycott of the Israeli products” and “the role youth have to play in the boycott, how to source Palestinian products, campaigning to improve the quality and availability of these products, and designing initiatives to promote Palestinian products in Jerusalem.”
- PalVision partners with politicized and biased NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict including BADIL, Al Shabaka, Baladna, and AMAN Coalition.
- BADIL was founded to promote a Palestinian “right of return” and is a leader of international BDS campaigns. BADIL holds annual “right of return contests” and has published antisemitic cartoons on its website, as well as imagery promoting the elimination of Israel, which is a widely recognized form of antisemitism. A cartoon that won a monetary prize for 2nd prize in BADIL’s 2010 Al-Awda Nakba caricature competition is a blatant representation of classic antisemitic tropes, including a Jewish man, garbed in traditional Hasidic attire, with a hooked nose and side locks.
- Al-Shabaka is a think tank that produces policy analyses “on Palestinian human rights and self-determination within the framework of international law.” Al-Shabaka policy advisers such as Omar Barghouti, Ali Abunimah, and Sam Bahour advocate for the dismantling of the Israel as a Jewish State and implementing a “one-state” vision in its place.
- Baladna organizes an ongoing campaign encouraging youth to refuse to serve in the Israeli army or do national service, claiming that the “Israeli government’s attempt to integrate young Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel into civic/national/military service and the Community Police is a threat to our identity and therefore the existence of our Arab Palestinian culture.”
- The AMAN Coalition accuses Israel of “stealing,” having “racist goals,” “Judaization,” and “repeated attempts to ignite a sectarian religious conflict with the aim of controlling the Al-Aqsa Mosque and its precincts.”
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