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30 Mar 2017 description

BADIL releases the spring issue of al-Majdal No.59, titled “Palestinian Refugees: Multiple Displacements and the Issue of Protection.”

This issue discusses the multiple displacements of Palestinian refugees from the perspective of the international response or lack thereof. The articles examine the asylum procedures of a number of countries spanning Europe and the Americas.

30 Mar 2017 description

Last month, 140 young UNRWA students from the UNRWA Caesaria School in Tyre, Lebanon, were astonished and amazed as they watched Jamie Jibberish, a humanitarian magician, perform a wide range of magic tricks. The ‘Magic for Smiles’ show is part of the UNRWA education programme’s psychosocial support activities for Palestine refugee children. Through individual support and recreational activities, UNRWA schools strive to respond to their students’ psychological needs, allowing them to play and participate in learning and behavioural group activities.

30 Mar 2017 description

The European Union, through the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), has donated EUR 10 million (approximately US$ 10.6 million) to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for its programmes in Syria, including education, health, technical and vocational education and training, microfinance and emergency cash assistance.

29 Mar 2017 description

In the aftermath of the killing of a Hamas member on 24 March in Gaza City by unknown assailants, the Palestinian de facto authorities in Gaza are imposing new access restrictions, citing security reasons, which are negatively impacting already vulnerable sectors in Gaza. These restrictions are taking place before the upcoming Israeli national and religious holidays when the opening hours of the Israeli-controlled passenger and goods crossings are normally reduced.

29 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council
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I. Introduction

1. The present report is the thirty-seventh submitted pursuant to paragraph 17 of Security Council resolution 2139 (2014), paragraph 10 of Council resolution 2165 (2014), paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2191 (2014), paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2258 (2015) and paragraph 5 of Council resolution 2332 (2016) in which the Council requested me to report, every 30 days, on the implementation of the resolutions by all parties to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic.

29 Mar 2017 description

Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies,

As salaam alaikum.

I thank His Majesty King Abdullah II and the Government of Jordan for inviting me to address this important Summit of the League of Arab States.

Your Majesty, I was Prime Minister of Portugal when I first had the honour of meeting you.

29 Mar 2017 description

A Palestinian Bedouin community is at imminent risk of forcible transfer, a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention, if the Israeli government acts on military orders to demolish an entire village in the Occupied West Bank, as early as this Sunday.

A coalition of over 80 international humanitarian, development and human rights organizations is calling for urgent international intervention to prevent the demolitions and subsequent forcible transfer of 130 people, more than half of whom are children.

29 Mar 2017 description

Gazans have been suffering severe power shortages for a decade, ever since Israel bombed Gaza’s power plant in 2006. Since that time, Israel has prevented restoration of the plant, impeded infrastructure repairs and upgrades, and compelled Gaza authorities to purchase only Israeli fuel at a price residents are hard put to pay. As a result, power is supplied on the basis of rotation, and residents receive electricity for only four to eight hours at a time.

28 Mar 2017 description

Highlights

  • Thanks to donor support, WFP assisted nearly 470,000 food insecure non-refugees in Gaza and the West Bank in February, through both cash-based transfers (CBT), using an electronic voucher redeemable in local shops, and direct food assistance. Women and children accounted for 70 percent of those assisted.

  • Funding constraints forced WFP to reduce its voucher value by 20 percent in February, from USD 10.3 to USD 8. This affected the food security of nearly 180,000 people in both Gaza and the West Bank.

27 Mar 2017 description

This morning, Civil Administration forces arrived at the community of a-Ras al-Ahmar in the northern Jordan Valley and handed evacuation orders to ten families, starting Wednesday 29 March 2017 at 5:00 P.M. until 5:00 A.M. the next morning. The orders mean 50 people, including 20 minors would have to spend the night away from their homes. A-Ras al-Ahmar is a small shepherding community located east of the Tammun and near where the settlements of Ro’i and Beka’ot were built.

27 Mar 2017 description
report Save the Children

World leaders must take decisive action to immediately stop the targeting of schools and students in dozens of conflict-affected countries worldwide and hold perpetrators accountable, Save the Children is warning.

26 Mar 2017 description

Representatives of Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights attended the thirty-fourth regular session of the Human Rights Council from March 16, 2017. The session came to a close today, with _inter alia _the United Kingdom, Germany, and the Netherlands abstaining from resolution, ‘Ensuring accountability and justice for all violations of international law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem’.

25 Mar 2017 description

Mr. President,

Members of the Security Council,

Today I devote my regular briefing to the Council on the Situation in the Middle East to reporting, on behalf of the Secretary-General, on the implementation of resolution 2334.

In this first report, I will focus on developments on the ground in accordance with the provisions of the resolution, including on regional and international efforts to advocate and advance the peace process.

25 Mar 2017 description

On 20 January 2017, at around 2:00 P.M., local boys and teens clashed with Israeli security forces in the village of Sa’ir, which lies northeast of Hebron. A group of boys and teens threw rocks at the security forces, who fired rubber-coated metal bullets and tear gas canisters at them, and threw stun grenades.

24 Mar 2017 description
report UN Security Council

SC/12765

SECURITY COUNCIL
7908TH MEETING (PM)

The last three months had seen a high rate of Israeli settlement plans and construction in the Occupied Palestinian Territory increased notably in the last three months, as did provocations from both sides, despite a call from the Security Council in late December 2016 to cease such activity, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process said this afternoon.

24 Mar 2017 description
report PAX, The Syria Institute

Executive Summary

This report is the fifth in a series of quarterly reports by Siege Watch – a joint initiative of PAX and The Syria Institute that aims to provide the international community with timely and accurate information on conditions in Syria’s besieged communities. This report focuses on developments from November 2016 to January 2017. Data collected during the quarter from an extensive network of contacts on the ground shows that: