Established by a group of ten educators, artists, lawyers, community workers, feminist activists and journalists representing a new generation of Palestinian citizens of Israel, Baladna is part of a growing trend towards building independent institutions and striving to equalize the Palestinian community′s relationship with the State. Baladna’s focus on youth is fundamental to this larger movement. Working to create an organization run by youth which answers young people′s needs in both structure and content, Baladna is the first attempt of its kind to focus on youth and to place them at the center of educational and social action.
Balancing our work to strengthen Palestinian identity, Baladna also aims to address internal problems within Palestinian society, encouraging a Palestinian political culture based on pluralism and democracy capable of neutralizing factionalism and guaranteeing social and gender equity. We work to cultivate a healthy balance of pride and self-critique as a framework for developing genuine, durable individual and collective identity, strengthening youth capacity and enabling young people to express their full leadership, cultural, and creative potential.
Strengthening Palestinian identity amongst Arab citizens of Israel through a dialogue guaranteeing ethnic equality, promoting self-knowledge, and fostering cultural pride
Nurturing dynamic youth leadership through local frameworks for action, building the capacity of youth-oriented organizations
Buttressing democratic values and behavior within the Arab community in Israel with the aim of fostering independence and dignity
(last updated: 21-September-2005)
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