Baladna is pleased to share its new report "Sectarian Recruitment: Israel's Policies for Conscripting the Youth of Arab Palestinian Citizens". This report provides a comprehensive historical overview of efforts by the Israeli State to recruit Arab Palestinian youth into the military, including the Druze community, Palestine's marginalized Bedouin communities and the Palestinian Christian citizens.
It outlines the risks this poses in terms of promoting intra-Palestinian sectarianism and weakening shared Palestinian identity.
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We are pleased to be able to announce the release of Baladna's Annual Activities Report 2014-2015.
Over the past year more than 6720 youth have participated in our range of projects, while our videos, online pages and social media have reached over 250,000 youth, ensuring Baladna remains the leading independent youth organisation among Palestinian youth in Israel, and well-positioned to face the challenges of tomorrow head on.
Benefits: The intern will gain an understanding of the unique situation facing the Palestinian citizens of Israel from first-hand experience and extensively expand their political knowledge, in addition to knowledge of the mechanisms of an NGO
Kayan Feminist Organization and Baladna Association for Arab Youth have conducted field work into the attitudes of Palestinian youth in Israel towards violence against women and the killing of women. The goal was to access concepts of violence and honor as perceived by Palestinian youth. The research was conducted by Dr. Suhad Daher-Nashef, Program Coordinator of Women’s Studies at Mada al-Carmel – Arab Center for Applied Social Research, and lecturer at Al-Qasemi and Oranim educational colleges.
Summary of Baladna activities and outreach from 2013-2014.
In 2013-2014, Baladna had a greater outreach than ever before with over 7,000 youth participating in our programs and activities.
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Baladna's Annual Activities Report 2013-2014:
Each year Baladna assesses the problems and struggles of Palestinian youth. We hope this report provides you with some insight about the issues facing Palestinian youth and some information about the projects Baladna is working on to deal with these problems. Thank you!
Attached Baladna report “Palestinian Youth Voices Suppressed during Gaza War” summarizes the actions taken by the government, institutions, and public within Israel to hush Palestinian citizens dissent over the war on Gaza.
Over the last month, Baladna has witnessed the suppression of dissent within Israel from government authorities, institutions and mainstream Israeli society. Palestinian youth have voiced their opposition to Israel’s continuing military offensive in Gaza on social media and through protesting. Their opposition has been met with censorship from all levels of Israeli society.
The rise in racist speech and violence from the...
We, the under signed Palestinian human rights and community-based organizations are extremely disappointed by your performance, notably by your biased statements, your failure to act, and the inappropriate justification of Israel’s violations of IHL, which amount to war crimes. Until today, you have taken no explicit and tangible measures to address the recent Israeli attacks in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since 13 June. Moreover, your statements have been either misleading, because they endorse and further Israeli false versions of facts, or contrary to the provisions established by international law and to the interests of its defenders, or...
Abdallah Abu Amara, 22, belonged to the generation that has grown up in isolation under the Oslo Accords, an isolation compounded by the seven year siege on Gaza.
Since 8 July 2014, when Israel launched its air, sea and land military offensive dubbed “Operation Protective Edge”, at least 479 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza, about 75% of whom the UN humanitarian office (OCHA) report to be civilians, with upwards of 3,500 people injured. The casualties have included entire families, women, children and the elderly, as Israeli air strikes have deliberately targeted homes. An estimated number of 472 homes have been totally destroyed with thousands severely damaged. Mass displacement has escalated across Gaza with upwards of 100,000 displaced, with an estimated 43% of Gaza’s territory declared as a “no-go...
The Preparatory Committee of the Higher Follow up Committee for Palestinian Arab Citizens of Israel and the Coalition Against Military and Civic Service, cordially invites you to participate in the work of the National Congress Against Military Recruitment.
We, the Palestinian civil society organizations in Israel, absolutely reject the new law enacted by the Knesset on 24 February 2014, which replaces Arab representation on a public advisory board of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission with sectarian representation. This new law is a dangerous attempt by the state to distort the Arab identity of Palestinians in Israel. Despite its actual marginal impact, racist motives underlie this law and foreshadow the enactment of more racist bills and policies, which we will oppose.
The debate around the recruitment of Arab citizens of Israel to the Israeli military has intensified in the last month. In recent years, Israel has been increasingly proactive in the recruitment of Arabs to service. Some young people have been susceptible to the assimilation
The Druze community was systematically and constantly segregated from other Palestinians, with a huge influence of Israeli policies. Their ID cards and many legal aspects, such as separate electoral in local municipality, reinforce the idea of a separated group and also reinforce their identity as a national one