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Protection of civilians - Reporting Period 14 October - 20 October 2014

Key issues

  • Israeli forces kill a 13-year-old child the in Ramallah governorate
  • Protests and clashes in the context of access restrictions to Al Aqsa mosque
  • Five Palestinians injured in Gaza while ceasefire continues to hold
  • First shipment of basic construction materials enters Gaza for private sector
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Israel police on alert after Jerusalem clashes

Jérusalem, Non défini | AFP | Friday 10/24/2014 - 08:17 GMT

Israel deployed police in force in Jerusalem Friday for weekly Muslim prayers and restricted access to a flashpoint mosque, after a deadly attack by a Palestinian sent tensions soaring.

Clashes broke out for a second night after the Palestinian ploughed his car into a crowd of pedestrians on Wednesday, killing a baby and injuring six other people before he was shot dead by police.

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Land Equals Life for Olive Farmers in the Biddu Enclave

“The olive harvest is a celebration for the whole family. My grandchildren get so enthusiastic that they start pulling out the mats we use to gather the olives a month before we begin,” says Abu Ra’afat, his eyes shining as he speaks about the harvest. But the moment of joy is just a brief respite in a day of frustration and anger.

It is Monday 20 October 2014 and the olive harvest was supposed to start today.

It didn’t.

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West Bank 2014 Restricted Access to Land: Biddu Enclave

ICJ Advisory Opinion on the Barrier

In July 2004, the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, issued its advisory opinion on the Legal Consequences of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. While recognizing Israel’s right to “protect the life of its citizens” (para. 141), the ICJ stated that the sections of the Barrier which ran inside the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, together with the associated gate and permit regime, violated Israel’s obligations under international law.

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Japan’s New Financial Assistance to the PA [EN/AR]

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend a Non-project grant aid of 1 billion Yen (approximately USD 9.3 million) to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as a kind of its budget support to the PA. Notes to this effect were signed and exchanged today on October 23 rd, 2014 in Ramallah between H.E. Mr. Shukry Bishara, Minister for Finance and Planning and Mr. Junya Matsuura, Ambassador for Palestinian Affairs/ Representative of Japan to the PA.

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Young Palestinians clean Gaza beach

Report
EWASH

21 September, 2014, Gaza City

Over 60 young Palestinians in Gaza took to the beach on Sunday, to collect trash as part of the International Coastal Clean-Up day in an event organised by EWASH, a group of NGOs working in the water and sanitation sector in the occupied Palestinian territory.

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The Crisis in Yarmouk Camp, 21 October 2014

Our spokesperson Chris Gunness has the following to say on the situation in Yarmouk Camp

"UNRWA was not cleared to distribute humanitarian assistance in Yarmouk today, 21 October.

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Israel Planning Mass Expulsion of Bedouins from West Bank

By Mel Frykberg

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Oct 18 2014 (IPS) - Thirty-year-old Naifa Youssef and 50 other members of her Bedouin community live a precarious life, eking out a hand-to-mouth existence alongside the main road which links Jerusalem with the Dead Sea and the ancient city of Jericho.

Home for this community, east of Jerusalem, comprises a collection of shanty structures and hovels as well as tents erected on the rugged and rocky hills which line the road.

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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967 (A/69/301)

Sixty-ninth session
Item 69 (c) of the provisional agenda*
Promotion and protection of human rights: human rights situations and reports of special rapporteurs and representatives

Summary

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Israel vows crackdown after Palestinian car attack

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | 10/23/2014 - 21:38 GMT

by Hazel Ward

Israel pledged Thursday a tough response to any further attacks in Jerusalem as police flooded flashpoint Arab neighbourhoods after a Palestinian rammed his car into a group of pedestrians and killed a baby.

The second deadly incident involving a Palestinian vehicle in three months, Wednesday's attack prompted a sharp warning from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Palestinian rams car into Jerusalem crowd, killing baby

10/23/2014 - 01:33 GMT

by Daphne Rousseau

A Palestinian rammed a car into pedestrians in Jerusalem on Wednesday, killing a baby and injuring six other people in what Israeli police said was a "hit-and-run terror attack".

It was the second such deadly incident in three months, prompting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to immediately order an increase in police presence across the city.

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UNRWA Supports farmers in Biddu during the olive harvest

West Bank

The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) today organized a briefing tour and event in the West Bank in solidarity with Palestinian farmers affected by the West Bank Barrier during the olive harvest. The UNRWA Director of Operations in the West Bank, Felipe Sanchez, joined HCT representatives, diplomats from Belgium, France and Finland among others, and volunteers for the event.

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Humanitarian funding analysis: Gaza - 22 October 2014

1. Summary

  • The Palestinian authorities have prepared a National Early Recovery and Reconstruction Plan for Gaza at a total cost of US$4 billion .

  • A total of $5.4 billion was pledged against the Plan at the Cairo International Conference on Palestine, “Reconstructing Gaza”, on 12 October 2014.
    Qatar announced the largest pledge of US$1 billion .

  • Pledges made at the Cairo Conference have not yet materialised into firm contributions .

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Urgent Appeal to Palestinian President and Government: PCHR Warns of Consequences of Fuel Shortage at Gaza Hospitals and Expected Suspension of Health Services at UAE Red Crescent Hospital

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) warns of the disastrous and grave deterioration that may affect the Palestinian patients in the Gaza Strip due to the lack of fuel that is necessary to operate electricity generators as an alternative power supply in light of prolonged outages. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian President and government to immediately intervene to ensure the prompt supply of fuel needed for the operation of generators in health facilities in the Gaza Strip.

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Statement: Humanitarian Coordinator calls for support for the Palestinian olive sector

The Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. James W. Rawley, visited two Palestinian, olive-producing communities in the central West Bank today, along with members of the diplomatic and donor community, the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture, and representatives of humanitarian organizations.

“The annual olive harvest is a key economic, social and cultural event for Palestinians,” said Mr. Rawley. “Nearly half of all cultivated land in the occupied Palestinian Territories (oPt) is planted with olive trees.”

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Protection of Civilians Weekly Report │30 September - 13 October 2014 [EN/AR/HE]

Key issues:

● Access restrictions and continuing Israeli entry to Al Aqsa mosque compound lead to clashes

● Around 91 Palestinian-owned trees damaged by settlers so far during the olive harvest season in West Bank

● Concerns over further settlement expansion in East Jerusalem and Bethlehem

● Two Palestinians died of wounds in Gaza while ceasefire continues to hold

● First shipment of basic construction materials enters Gaza via Karem Shalom Crossing

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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UK Aid: Syria response (21 October 2014)

As conflict continues in Syria, millions of people are in desperate need of assistance. The UK has committed £700 million of support in response to the humanitarian crisis, including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people in Syria and the region.

KEY FACTS