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Mundubat´s presence in Palestine

Mundubat’s presence in Palestine

Mundubat has been working in Palestine since 1998, making a firm commitment to defend the rights of the Palestinian people and to establish a just peace in the region.

Since the creation of the State of Israel in 1948 (Nakba) and the occupation of 1967 (Naksa), Palestinians have lived under a regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid. Constant human rights violations, systematic repression by the occupying state and its security forces, ongoing military attacks and absolute control by Israel over all economic resources have together given rise to over half a century of impunity and failure to respect multiple resolutions issued by the United Nations.

Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and its systematic violation of the fragile agreements reached with the PNA continue to exacerbate the instability of the region and perpetuate the dynamics of the conflict. The occupying force has intensified its repressive actions, making the crime of apartheid the backbone of its colonisation policy and its repression of the Palestinian people. It has also gone to great lengths to preclude any hope of a future Palestinian state.

The strengthening and expansion of its settlements, the intensification of its repressive measures against the Palestinian population, arbitrary administrative detention, the arrest of minors, the relentless persecution of social and political leaders, the isolation of East Jerusalem and the maintenance and hardening of the Gaza blockade, among other crimes, together make up a fait accompli policy with which the occupying regime violates international human rights law and international humanitarian law and seeks to eliminate all trace of collective Palestinian identity. The reality of the occupation severely affects life in Palestine, particularly for women, who suffer the specific impacts of the link between the occupation of the territory and the occupation and control of their lives and bodies.

The international community lacks the political will required to force Israel to honour its obligations as an occupying force, thereby generating a negative feedback loop and precluding any possibility of a solution, at least in the midterm. Nevertheless, by mobilising the Palestinian National Committee, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign has managed to articulate numerous efforts at an international level, turning this instrument into a serious and very real threat to Israel’s colonial interests. As in the case of the South African apartheid, any progress made in terms of the recognition and effective exercise of the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination will depend, to a large extent, on the campaign’s development, intensification and prominence on the international agenda.

Humanitarian Action:

We work to guarantee the protection of the most vulnerable population, paying particular attention to the situation of women and children suffering from the consequences of the Israeli occupation and its blockage of the Gaza Strip.

Human Rights:

We work to strengthen and accompany our partners’ organisational processes and community protection mechanisms in order to ensure the promotion, protection and exercise of their human rights. We support civil society initiatives designed to consolidate the social-political participation of the Palestinian population in East Jerusalem, by strengthening community resilience and social cohesion among local communities and organisations on both sides of the Israeli West Bank barrier.

Gender and Feminisms:

We promote and foster actions designed to defend and exercise the rights of women, which take into account the relationship between the struggle against the occupation and the struggle against the patriarchy. We design and implement processes designed to empower women, both individually and collectively, as an instrument for encouraging their participation and decision-making in all spheres of public and private life. Consequently, we work to strengthen alliances with the global feminist movement for political advocacy.

Food Sovereignty:

We accompany processes in defence of the territory, the right to land and the Palestinian identity that, when applied to the specific context, are directly linked to the fight against the occupation. We support cooperatives and small local production initiatives focusing on the rehabilitation and cultivation of the land and the preservation of seeds, in order to help create resilient and sustainable economies that foster environmental bonds between humans and the land. In order to connect the local situation with the national and international ones, we accompany our local partners in their efforts to join broader networks, such as Via Campesina and the World March of Women.

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