(27 August 2020) BADIL concluded its first online Al-Awda Training School


On 27 August, BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights concluded its first online Al-Awda (Return) Training School, which had 35 youth participants (half young women) from all regions of Mandatory Palestine and Lebanon.

The training school, that took place throughout the month, included lectures and discussions about various topics such as; the planned Israeli annexation as an integral part of the Zionist colonial project that has been ongoing for over 100 years; the situation of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon; the Israelization policies Israel is deploying against the Palestinians within the Green Line; the notion of normalization, its goals and programs; and finally, a critical review of the Oslo Accords.

The Al-Awda School is one of BADIL’s core programs, which aims to enhance communication between Palestinian youth on both sides of the Green Line, and in exile to enhance identity and cohesion. In addition, the schools aim to empower and equip the youth with the skills and knowledge necessary to raise their voices to demand the rights of the Palestinian people, especially Palestinian refugees and internally displaced persons.