Author Archives: BADIL Resource Center

Lifta and Battir: Parallel cases of the ongoing Nakba

The story of the ongoing Nakba in two Jerusalem villages – Lifta and Battir – has been enforced quite differently yet it highlights several constant threads. Standing at the bottom of the valley in Battir today, essentially on the ‘Green Line’, olive trees to the west are, according to colonial impositions, in ‘Israel’ whilst to the east they are in ‘Palestine’ despite belonging to the same families. Such demarcations visually highlight the immorality and sheer ridiculousness of the historic division of Palestine. Similarly, for the Liftawi elders who live within eyesight of their original houses and who regularly take their children, grandchildren and now great-grandchildren to ‘visit’ and clean the village graves of their ancestors, there is no moral, legal or ethical justification for this division.

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Activists around the world are way ahead of the U.S.

I read this article in the Times: “Cellphones Become the World’s Eyes and Ears on Protests [link] and got the following links:Storyful; Yfrog; Citizentube; Bambuser. I hadn’t heard of any of them. American activists have been leapfrogged. The more I … Continue reading

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Peace talks in the shadow of demolitions

The BADIL Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights, an independent, community-based non-profit organization mandated to defend and promote the rights of Palestinian refugees and IDPs, released the following statement today: While President Barack Obama pressures Palestinians to re-engage … Continue reading

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