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31 May 2008 description
report Harvard University

Since its declaration of a "War on Terror," the United States has launched a number of strikes within the territory of another state, specifically targeting an individual or group within that state.

31 May 2008 description
report Qatar Charity

Revenues of the humanitarian Campaign launched by the Charity and its branches inside the State of Qatar for the "Specialized Pediatric Hospital" in Gaza amounted to Q.R.711.000. It targeted to completely furnish the sections of kidneys and speculums, neurology and cardiology.

On his part, Mr. 'Abdullah Husain al-Ni'mah, the Charity's General Manager, thanked benefactors for their generous support to Gaza Appeal.

31 May 2008 description

Overview- Key Issues

Update on Gaza


Forty Palestinians were killed during May in the Gaza Strip in direct conflict related incidents, compared with 70 in April. The total includes six child fatalities compared to 21 in April. At least one-third of those killed (14) were unarmed civili+ans. An additional 107 Palestinians were injured in May, among whom 11 were children.

31 May 2008 description


The surprise assault on the capital by the rebel Justice and Equality Movement in early May had affected on UNHCR operations in Khartoum and Darfur due to the consequent closure of the airports for several days as well as restrictions on staff movement.

30 May 2008 description

General Assembly
Sixty-third session
Item 68 (a) of the preliminary list*
Strengthening of the coordination of
humanitarian and disaster relief assistance
of the United Nations, including special
economic assistance: strengthening of the
coordination of emergency humanitarian
assistance of the United Nations

Economic and Social Council
Substantive session of 2008
New York, 30 June-25 July 2008
Item 5 of the provisional agenda**
Special economic, humanitarian and disaster

30 May 2008 description
  1. Overview

    The Protection of Civilians database contains information collated from the published OCHA Protection of Civilians

  2. Weekly Briefing Notes. OCHA-oPt has compiled and published these weekly reports since May 2003. The reporting format underwent several revisions since this time and the current content and structure was introduced in March 2005.
30 May 2008 description
report Islamic Relief

CAFOD staff paid a trip to Islamic Relief (IR) Palestine this month, visiting a new project which will provide psychological support to Gaza's traumatised children.

CAFOD's Head of International Programmes, Pauline McKeown, and Middle East Programme Officer, Charlotte Ashley, visited IR's Gaza office on May 12 2008 and the pair were optimistic regarding the project, which is being funded by CAFOD and implemented by IR and four other local NGOs.

'The first preparations by Islamic Relief for the project seem very good,' said Ashley.

McKeown said that CAFOD had …

30 May 2008 description
report Première Urgence

Le 28 septembre 2000 débute la seconde Intifada, aussi appelée Al-Aksa, dans les territoires Palestiniens. Simultanément, en réaction, Israël entreprend la construction d'un mur de séparation destiné à protéger sa population des attaques et des attentats suicides perpétrés par les Palestiniens.

29 May 2008 description

On 30 March 2008, the Justice Ministry published a response to a World Bank report on the effects on the Palestinian economy of Israel's restrictions on movement in the West Bank. In an attempt to counter the report's findings, the Ministry distorted a considerable amount of data and even falsified certain details.

Forbidden roads

A marked example of such falsification is the Justice Ministry's claim that 'on occasion, access to certain roads is restricted in the face of a real security threat.

29 May 2008 description

Amman, 29 May 2008 - Japan today announced that it will contribute 5.7 million US dollars (Yen 600 million) to UNRWA's regular food programme for 2008 to 2009.

29 May 2008 description

Reference: 27/2008

On 28 May 2008, a delegation from Al Mezan Center for Human Rights met with a UN High Level Fact-Finding Mission led by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Professor Christine Chinkin in Gaza City. The Mission arrived in Gaza nearly a year and a half late because of Israeli restrictions. They entered the Strip via Rafah Crossing on Tuesday, 27 May 2008. Al Mezan's delegation included the Center's Director, Mr. Issam Younis, Field Work Unit Coordinator, Mr.

29 May 2008 description

Fearing for the Future of the Humanitarian Enterprise

The Humanitarian Agenda 2015: Principles, Power and Perceptions research project of the Feinstein International Center recently issued its final report.

29 May 2008 description
report UN Radio

Listen to the News

Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu says he's shocked at the living conditions in Gaza.

The South African Archbishop in Gaza as head of a team of UN human rights observers tells UN Radio the Israeli blockade of Gaza is illegal and must end.

"The blockade by Israel is an abominable act; it is totally unacceptable, it is a crude violation of human rights and we need …

29 May 2008 description
report Palestine Monitor

Gaza - Ma'an - Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa, speaking in Gaza on Wednesday, said that what he has seen in the Gaza Strip is beyond human comprehension, and that "the siege on the Gaza Strip is illegal and must end immediately."

Tutu is heading a high-level UN Fact-Finding Mission to investigate a massacre committed by the Israeli military in November 2006 in the town of Beit Hanoun, in which 19 Palestinian civilians were killed.

As a part of his …

28 May 2008 description

In support of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the U.S. Government will provide $3 million in USAID development projects in the Jenin Governorate. The announcement of these projects was made by U.S. Consul General Jake Walles in the city of Jenin during a ceremony on May 28 presided over by PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and Governor Qaddoura Mousa. Consul General Walles noted that the funding will assist the PA in providing services to the citizens of Jenin; support local businesses; and rehabilitate schools, health clinics and hospitals.

28 May 2008 description

$1.2 million in grants to five Palestinian microfinance institutions

Ramallah, West Bank - The Small and Microfinance Assistance for Recovery and Transition (SMART) Program, funded by the U.S.

28 May 2008 description
report European Union

Building confidence and trust among future leaders is crucial to ending the Israeli Palestinian conflict, concluded a meeting of young European, Israeli and Palestinian political leaders who worked together at the European Parliament from 25 to 28 May. This event on the relationships between identities and politics was hosted by EP President Hans-Gert Pöttering.

"The involvement of young political leaders is crucial for the transformation of present conflicts into future peace.

28 May 2008 description

(London) Amnesty International today challenged world leaders to apologize for six decades of human rights failure and re-commit themselves to deliver concrete improvements.

'The human rights flashpoints in Darfur, Zimbabwe, Gaza, Iraq and Myanmar demand immediate action,' said Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International, launching AI Report 2008: State of the World's Human Rights.

'Injustice, inequality and impunity are the hallmarks of our …