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23 Jan 2017 description

Half a century after Israel seized control of the West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Gaza strip, forced displacement of Palestinians is making them poorer and keeping them in misery and despair, according to a group of Catholic development agencies.

A report this week by International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity (CIDSE), an alliance of Catholic development agencies, examines the forced displacement of Palestinians as a central issue in the Palestinian and Israeli conflict, not only in the West Bank and Gaza but in Israel as well.

22 Jan 2017 description

by Reuters
Sunday, 22 January 2017 22:05 GMT

Israeli right-wing sees U.S. President Trump as supportive of settlements

  • Israel approves hundreds of settlement homes in the area

  • Netanyahu and Trump hold phone conversation

  • Israeli right wing sees Trump as supportive of settlements (Updates with more details from ministers' meeting)

By Ori Lewis

22 Jan 2017 description

The Israeli occupation authorities continue to deny Palestinians of Gaza access to adequate medical care in the West Bank and Israel, preventing or delaying the passage through Erez crossing, and thereby putting the lives of dozens of critically ill Palestinian patients at risk. The patients are attempting to reach hospitals that are in close proximity to Gaza, where the healthcare services are crippled due to Israel’s closure and blockade. On 14 January 2017, a 17-year-old child with a congenital heart defect from Gaza City, died after his crossing request was refused.

21 Jan 2017 description

Earlier today, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) hosted a ceremony at the Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture in Beirut to honour 112 young Palestine refugee graduates and awardees of university scholarships funded by the European Union (EU) in Lebanon.

20 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


The situation in East Jerusalem remains tense. Child protection concerns continue as a result. During the fourth quarter, 220 arrests of children in East Jerusalem were documented by Wadi Hilweh Centre. UNICEF reached 195 children in conflict with the law (88.6 per cent of those identified) with legal support through the Wadi Hilweh Centre. Protection of civilians continues to be a main humanitarian concern.

According to UNOCHA, from 13-26 December, Israeli forces injured 72 Palestinians, including at least eight children.

20 Jan 2017 description

In Khan Eshieh camp in Rif Damascus, a truce was signed between the Government of Syria and the Armed Opposition Groups at the end of November 2016. Subsequently, an inter-agency convoy was authorized to access civilians trapped in the besieged area. On 16 December, UNRWA participated in the convoy and successfully delivered food, non-food items (NFIs) and medical items to Palestine refugees trapped in the area. This is the first time since 2013 that UNRWA has had access to Khan Eshieh camp. UNRWA will continue its efforts to regain access to Khan Eshieh and other camps, including Sbeineh.

20 Jan 2017 description

Slovakia - IOM announced today that over 1,000 refugees have been resettled through Slovakia’s emergency transit facility to the USA, Canada and Norway since 2009.

On Tuesday (17/01), 23 refugees departed from Slovakia and arrived safely in the US, bringing the number of refugees resettled from Slovakia’s Emergency Transit Centre (ETC) in Humenne in other countries to 1,019, with 978 resettled in the United States.

19 Jan 2017 description

· Israeli forces killed 2 Palestinian civilians in the West Bank.

  • 7 Palestinian Civilians were wounded, including a child and woman, in the West Bank.

· Israeli forces continued to target the Gaza Strip border areas, but no casualties were reported.

  • A military checkpoint established by Palestinian armed groups was destroyed and another civilian was wounded.

· Israeli forces conducted 60 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank and 3 limited ones into the Gaza Strip.

19 Jan 2017 description
report Oxfam

Gaza's dairy sector has been severely damaged by Israel’s separation policy, blockade and three rounds of hostilities. The sector is now highly dependent on imports for production and consumption and is unable to compete with imported products. However, there are opportunities for the sector to grow and reduce its dependence on external markets. This requires donors to urgently invest in the sector to effectively support efforts to develop it, and the local authorities to build the capacity of the sector and help create a competitive environment for investment.

19 Jan 2017 description

Key Facts

2,300 Estimated number of UAC currently in Greece
based on referrals to EKKA (as of 13 January 2017)

1,312 Total number of places available in UAC shelters
(filled, pending assigned cases as of 13 Jan., including 154 vacant places in the process to be filled)

1,301 Total number of UAC on waiting list for shelter
(as of 13 January) including:
277 in closed reception facilities
18 in protective custody

19 Jan 2017 description

At about 8:30 A.M. on Thursday, 10 November 2016, a few dozen pupils set out for ‘Atara Checkpoint to the north of Bir Zeit. They were holding a procession to commemorate the anniversary of the death of Yasser Arafat, which fell the following day. ‘Atara Checkpoint includes inspection stations on either side of the road, which were unstaffed at the time, and a watchtower permanently staffed by soldiers. Most of the students went no further than a grove located a few dozen meters south of the checkpoint. A few, including 15-year-old A.Z.

18 Jan 2017 description

Statement by Christopher Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson

UNRWA strongly condemns the armed violence that took place in the Ein El Hilweh Palestine refugee camp in Lebanon on the evening of 15 January 2017.

Recurrent armed violence continues to impact the civilian population in the camp, including children. Last night’s shooting caused injuries to six people, including one child, and shocked and frightened camp inhabitants.

17 Jan 2017 description
report UN Security Council


Security Council
7863rd Meeting (AM)

Israelis, Palestinians Must Create Conditions for Direct Final-Status Talks, He Stresses, as Each Side Takes Opposing View of Text

Divisive positions among Israelis and Palestinians following last month’s adoption of resolution 2334 (2016) risked destroying the prospects for peace, the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process told the Security Council today, stressing that both sides must create the conditions for launching direct final-status negotiations.

17 Jan 2017 description
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17 Jan 2017 description

Mr. President, members of the Security Council,

I report to you today in the aftermath of the appalling truck-ramming attack on January 8th that killed four Israelis and injured 17 more in Jerusalem. Such attacks can never be justified and must be universally condemned. This act of cowardice was neither courageous, nor heroic. Such terrorist attacks must be unequivocally condemned by all. It is regrettable that some Palestinian factions and leaders have chosen to praise it, to glorify it or have simply remained silent.

Mr. President,