The RLS Regional Office Palestine
RLS has supported partners in Palestine since 2000, and established the RLS Regional Office Palestine in 2008, covering the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. A programme in Jordan is currently being developed and until 2012 the RLS Regional Office Palestine was also in charge of project cooperation with our Egyptian partners.
The work of the RLS Regional Office Palestine is based on an understanding of the need to struggle in order to overcome racist, sexist, colonial, and imperial forms of power. It collaborates with democratic and progressive Palestinian individuals and organizations to support people to access those assets of freedom necessary to enable them to practice self-determination. This includes not only supporting partners in analysing and speaking out against the occupation, but also taking a critical stance towards social, economic, and political developments within Palestinian society. Considering the context of occupation, it is essential for the RLS Regional Office Palestine to continuously and self-critically reflect the specific responsibilities and challenges of international organizations in the conflict. The work of the RLS Regional Office Palestine is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Focus of Work
- The RLS Regional Office Palestine works mainly on the following three levels: Supporting progressive Palestinian civil society organizations in terms of democratic participation, critical discourse, leftist alternatives, and re-politicalisation
- Providing the German public, and in particular the leftist political parties, movements, and networks, with information about developments and challenges in Palestine, and strengthening networks between the two constituencies
- Informing the Palestinian public about current political and socio-economic developments in Germany, specifically about alternative leftist discourses and approaches
With regards to its activities in Palestine, the RLS Regional Office Palestine focuses on collaborations criticising the current development framework and supporting discourse involving leftist alternatives. This includes a focus on fields of economic development, women rights and liberation, education, and training geared towards this political orientation. It follows a comprehensive programme-oriented approach consisting of long-term partner projects, short-term activities, and office projects in the aforementioned fields.