Palestinian Vision (PalVision, or "Ruya")
|Founded||1998, registered in 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.”|
- 2014 total assets of $1,371,909 (accessed May 14, 2015).
- 2014 Donors include: European Union, Germany (as well as indirectly via Bread for the World, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and Deutsche Welle Academy), Switzerland (via HEKS EPER), UK, the Netherlands, UNICEF, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), NGO Development Center (NDC), Welfare Association, and the National Democratic Institute (US). Does not publish 2014 grant amounts.
- 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.”
- Board of Directors includes: Chairwoman Luna Dawood Ali Oriqat, who has previously worked at the Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counselling (WCLAC), and media spokesperson Rami Feroun, who “has worked in many areas related to youth work and coorindated [sic] youth events both inside and outside the country, including BDS (Boycott Divestment and Sanction) of which he was the Jerusalem General Coordinator.”
- WCLAC is highly active in BDS and lawfare campaigns against Israel and utilizes its membership in a number of Palestinian organizations and networks to lobby international forums and disseminate demonizing statements against Israel.
- Promotes a 1948 agenda, BDS (boycotts, divestments and sanctions) campaigns, and utilizes highly demonizing rhetoric.
- Regularly accuses Israel of “Judaization”; refers to Israel as “1948 lands” 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.”
- 2014 annual report begins by stating: “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)
- 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.”
- 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” (emphasis added), presenting a biased and distorted view of the conflict, based solely on the Palestinian narrative of victimization and sole Israeli aggression.
- Organizes a project, “Tajaawob,” in partnership with the British Council, Miftah, 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.”
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