Contribution details

Sabeel - Community Programme 2013-2015

Activity start: 1/1/2013 - Activity end: 12/31/2015

Strategic Partner organisation Diakonia
Swedish responsible organisation Diakonia
Local implementing organisation AL SABEEL CENTER
Region West Bank and Gaza Strip
Sida department Unit CSO
Strategy South
Sector group Democracy, human rights and gender equality
Conflict peace and security
Sectors Democr. particip. & civ. society, Human rights, Civilian peace-building, conflict prevention and resolution
  Budget Outcome
TOTAL 720,000 720,000
2014 360,000 360,000
2015 360,000 360,000

Description, goals and expected results

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip live in an odd and oppressive limbo. They have no nation, no citizenship, and no ultimate power over their own lives.  Since 1967, when Israel conquered these areas (the final 22% of mandatory Palestine), Palestinians have been living under Israeli military occupation. While in some parts Israel has allowed a Palestinian “autonomous” entity to take on such municipal functions as education, health care, infrastructure and policing, Israel retains overall power. According to international law, an occupying force is responsible for the protection of the civilian population living under its control. Israel, however, ignores this requirement, routinely committing violations of the Geneva Conventions, a set of principles instituted after World War II to ensure that civilians would “never again” suffer as they had under Nazi occupation. Israel is one of the leading violators of these conventions today. The on-going occupation has resulted That the Palestinian community is fragmented after many years of occupation. With few jobs, a devastated economy and economic depression because of the increasing limitations on movement and freedom, the community is under a great deal of stress. That stress tends to then be played out along the natural fault lines of generational, religious and denominational divisions. Sabeel’s goal is to address the common concerns and issues that can be addressed by the grassroots community. Encouraging the whole community to stand together in a peaceful manner is a need more imminent than ever as the potential for peace seems particularly distant.

Results achived by the end of the activity period

Results from Final report will be reported by June 2016