The Occupied Palestine and Syrian Golan Heights Advocacy Initiative (OPGAI) is an alliance of eleven civil society organizations established during the preparation for the 2005 World Social Forum in Porte Alegre. It is composed of Palestinian and Syrian-Arab organizations who were engaged in consultation throughout 2004 regarding the ways and means necessary to improve their advocacy message and strategy towards building a Palestinian democratic social movement. OPGAI operates as an informal alliance, meets regularly, and relies on the voluntary efforts of its member organizations as well as support from international partners who share common values and objectives.
Coalition of civil society institutions of the Democratic Progressive identity in Palestine and the occupied Golan, working on the effective contribution in the promotion and development advocacy, with the aim of ending the occupation and building a of progressive social democratic movement that can play an effective role in building a society where the values of equality, democracy and social justice.
Looking forward for free, democratic civil society, free from occupation and all forms of exploitation, and where the values of equality, social justice and human rights.
Core Value System:
To enable, lobby, and organize the main social actors, unions, womens movements, student movements and Palestinian political groups, towards strengthening their role in the greater Palestinian social movement towards just political, social and economic conditions.
To have a plenary democratic social movement with the core values of justice, freedom, and equality among all; women and men, Jews and Arabs and all people in historic Palestine. OPGAI will work diligently and cooperatively to effectively identify and address the root causes of conflict, as well as work to achieve self-determination of the Palestinian people in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israel and the Diaspora. As a prerequisite for achieving this vision OPGAI seeks to guarantee that the treatment of Palestinians is in accordance and compliance with international law and the inalienable rights granted to all human beings.
To work with individuals and groups of civil society both domestically and internationally, as well as strengthen the structure and role of existing active social movements in order to achieve a unified vision. The Defense Initiative on Occupied Palestine and Golan is working with currently active Palestinian organizations and their public constituencies that will enable the development of a new structure. This new structure will unify a popular and effective Palestinian social movement capable of playing an influential and central role in the process of tangible change. In order to achieve unity there must be justice, access to rights and services, and freedom on which peace and development in the region can be drafted. In addition, the Defense Initiative's programs are aimed at raising awareness of the root causes of conflict. Together we will work towards building an international force capable of influencing international standards and enforcing the application of the principles of human rights and dignity.
OPGAI is a joint initiative consisting of:
OPGAI and BDS Campaign:
With the mission of lobbying the international community towards pressuring Israeli compliance with international laws and universal human rights principles, OPGAI started the Boycott–Divestment–Sanction Campaign (BDS). The BDS Campaign is endorsed by 171 organizations, unions, networks and political parties. It provides the central forum by which Palestinian civil society can express to the international community the necessity of international boycott, divestment and sanctions towards Israel until it ceases its violations against Palestinian society.
OPGAI Youth Work Camp 2011
20th, July 2011
OPGAI Education Annual Conference 2010
Education as a Tool for Building, Interaction and Freedom
30th, October 2010
International Seminar: Economic Perspectives and Advocacy Strategies
26th October 2009
OPGAI workshop and NCBO training course
1st, March 2007
OPGAI delegation at WSF 2007
Calls and Statements
Action is crucial
13th March 2010
Declared Holocaust against the Gaza people
3rd, March 2008
Statement at the World Social Forum 2005