"Badil Releases Blueprint for 2007-08 Durban Strategy Campaign"
Radical NGO Badil (that has received funding from the Norwegian, Canadian, Irish governments) recently issued a strategy document entitled, "Call to Action", on the occasion of the ‘”40 years since Israel’s occupation’ and the upcoming’ 60 years since the Nakba.” This document provides a blueprint for the concerted implementation of the Durban Strategy over the next year by several NGOs. NGOs joining this coalition include DanChurchAid, the European Coordinating Committee of NGOs on Palestine, ICCO, Oxfam Solidarity, TROCAIRE, and HEKS/EPER of Switzerland. The goals of the campaign are to:
- End the occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantles the Wall;
- Recognize the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality and;
- Respect, protect and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes, lands and properties.
To implement these goals, Badil’s strategy document calls on the coalition to increase visibility around certain “important” dates; that NGO-issued statements “should not only state the respective violations (of [international humanitarian law] and/or [human rights law]) by Israel, but also to call upon states to live up to their obligations”; boycott, divestment, and sanctions campaigns; a June 2007 demonstration, and efforts to “[e]nlist journalists to organize a targeted campaign to expose the lies of AIPAC and the Anti-Defamation League and to expose the Jewish and Zionist community’s double standards regarding Nakba & Occupation.” The document also seeks to enlist the help of anti-Israel “Jewish” NGOs to “rais[e] awareness of the Palestinian Nakba and the right of return among the Jewish public in Israel” including a “3rd Right of Return conference in Israel” and “a series of creative and effective awareness-raising events targeting the Jewish public in 2007-2008.” During 2007-2008, NGO Monitor will track the implementation of Badil’s strategy as well as additional members joining the coalition.