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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.”

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Activities

  • BADIL rhetoric includes accusations of “apartheid,” “ethnic cleansing,” “war crimes,” “colonization,” and “racism,” as well as supporting a Palestinian “right of return.”
  • BADIL submits written and oral statements and hosts numerous side events in condemnation of Israel before the UN Human Rights Council.
  • On May 12-13, 2018, BADIL, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, and the Trade Union Friends of Palestine hosted the “Palestinian Freedom Conference: Overcoming the Ongoing Nakba” discussing how “In late 1947, colonial Zionist paramilitary forces began the process of ethnically cleansing more than 750,000 Palestinians…70 years later…in Palestine a process of ongoing ethnic cleansing via occupation, colonisation, apartheid, and cruel siege continues apace, with no intervention from the international community.”
  • In November 2017, BADIL, as a member of PNGO, was a signatory on a call to support “A World Without Walls,” drawing comparisons between Israel’s apartheid wall on Palestinian land to the US wall of Shame on indigenous land at the border with Mexico.”
  • In June 2017, endorsed Jewish Voice for Peace’s  campaign called “Deadly Exchange” that aims to “end police exchange programs between the US and Israel.” JVP claims that “‘worst practices’ are shared to promote and extend discriminatory and repressive policing in both countries including extrajudicial executions, shoot-to-kill policies, police murders, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportations and detention, and attacks on human rights defenders.”
  • In June 2017, BADIL was a signatory to a written statement to the United Nations Human Rights Councilnthat accused Israel of maintaining policies that “amount to colonization.” It further claimed that Israeli acts amount “to grave breaches, crimes against humanity, and/or war crimes.”
  • On April 17, 2017, BADIL, as a member of the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC), released a statement on Palestinian Prisoners’ Day stating that “This year marks 50 years of torture of Palestinian political prisoners through a military system which has historically been endemic and various forms of physical and psychological torture and ill-treatment,” and calling on the International Criminal Court to “open an investigation into the case of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, and bring those who have tortured, extrajudicially executed, forcibly transferred, and arbitrary (sic) detained Palestinians to be held to accountable.”
  • In a March 22, 2017 press release, BADIL lauded the UN ESCWA report on the “Question of Apartheid” and “called upon the ICC Public Prosecutor to open an investigation into Israel’s commission of the crime of apartheid against the Palestinian people and to bring those responsible into justice.”
  • On March 17, 2017, BADIL, AddameerAl-Haq, and Society of St. Yves held a side event at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council on “Collective Punishment in Jerusalem” discussing “Israel’s collective punishment measures targeting the protected Palestinian population in Occupied East Jerusalem.”
  • In February 2017, BADIL and Jewish Voice for Peace held a webinar titled “Forced Population Transfer and Colonization: Conversations on Palestine,” discussing “Issues such as the 50 year anniversary of the occupation, the 70 year anniversary of the Nakba and the centennial of the Balfour Declaration.”
  • In January 2017, BADIL, alongside Al-HaqSociety of St. YvesAl-Shabaka, and Jerusalem Legal Aid & Human Rights Center (JLAC), released an infographic aimed at “raising awareness of Israel’s apartheid policies in the city, its effects on the Palestinian population, and the gross violations of international humanitarian and human rights law that arise.” The infographic claims that “Since 1967, apartheid prevails” and that Israel has “been enacting discriminatory policies” in Jerusalem.
  • In December 2016, BADIL released a working paper titled “Forced Population Transfer: The Case of Palestine- Suppression of Resistance,“ discussing how in its “suppression of resistance, Israel has not only made use of excessive force to stop armed struggle but it goes as far as to criminalize and suppress demonstrations or even the development and practice of Palestinian culture,” as well as stating that “throwing stones has been the symbol of Palestinian resistance for decades” (emphasis added).
  • In November 2016, BADIL co-authored a submission to UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in the Palestinian Territories Michael Lynk on “Human Rights Defenders in the OPT…highlight[ing] the repressive environment within which human rights defenders (HRDs) work in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.” The submission referred to Manal Tamimi, a fieldworker for the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC) as a “human rights defender.”
    • Tamimi frequently utilizes antisemitic and violent rhetoric and imagery on social media. In August 2015, Tamimi tweeted, “I do hate Israel, i (sic) wish a thrid Intefada (sic) coming soon and people rais (sic) up and kills all these zionist settlers everywhere.”
  • In October 2016, BADIL published a working paper titled “Forced Population Transfer: The Case of the Old City of Hebron,” which accused Israel of implementing “policies of colonization, apartheid, and forced displacement unhindered.”
  • In April 2016, BADIL, together with the Society of St. Yves and Jerusalem Legal Aid and Human Rights Center (JLAC), published a report titled “Punitive Residency Revocation: The most recent tool of forcible transfer,” accusing Israel of “colonization,” “silent transfer,” and “blatant violation[s] of International Humanitarian Law.”
  • 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 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 2012, Zochrot and BADIL published a manifesto that encouraged a “de-zionized” one-state solution, essentially calling for Israel to be dismantled.
  • 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.”

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.)

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.

BDS Activities

  • Advocates for anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment and sanction).
  • In January 2018, BADIL, alongside 80 other NGOs, called on UN Secretary-General António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, and Member States of the UN Human Rights Council to “ensure the timely publication and annual update” of a database of companies allegedly engaging in business activities in the West Bank as “Given the grave breaches of international law involved, including potential corporate complicity in international crimes, Israeli and international business included in the database, which contribute to Israel’s settlement enterprise must cease their activities immediately.”
  • At a June 2017 CERIPP conference, “United Nations Forum to Mark Fifty Years of Occupation,” BADIL’s US-based Legal Advocacy Consultant Noura Erakat remarked, “The fact-finding mission to the Gaza Strip in 2009 was shelved and seems to be irrelevant but within it are still recommendations that any state can pursue, including applying sanctions for arms to Israel. There is no reason not to apply those sanctions which have been recommended.” (emphasis added)
  • In February 2017, as a member of the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC), released a statement calling upon “the international community to abide by their international obligations” and “act immediately by imposing sanctions against Israel,” as a result of the passing of the “Regularization Law,” which is “another brazen tool for Israel to confiscate privately held and registered Palestinian property for its illegal settlement enterprise.”
  • In October 2016, hosted a panel at the European Parliament with Al Mezan 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 Al Mezan, 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.”
  • In August 2016, submitted a joint complaint to the UN Special Rapporteur concerning review of the residency status of Omar Barghouti, a prominent proponent of BDS. The statement falsely describes BDS as “peacefully pursu[ing] a human rights agenda based on an international law framework”; in fact, BDS are tactics of political warfare, based on the exploitation of human rights double standards, comparisons to apartheid South Africa, and false accusations of “war crimes.”
  • In February 2016, issued a joint statement that “For decades, Israel has failed to uphold its duties as Occupying Power and has instead deepened its occupation and regime of colonialism and apartheid” and “affirm[ed] the right of all individuals to participate in and advocate for boycott, divestment, and sanction actions, and calls on states and businesses to uphold their related legal responsibilities” and stated that the EU November 2015 labeling move against Israeli settlement products is “insufficient,” calling for a complete ban (emphasis added).
  • 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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