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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


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.

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

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.

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

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. Samir Zaqout, and Communications Coordinator, Mr. Mahmoud Abu Rahma.

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 to call to the international community to stop its complicity and speak out on behalf of the people who are suffering so much."

Bishop …

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 investigation, Tutu held a meeting with the mayor of Beit Hanoun, Muhammad Kafarna.

The mayor of Beit Hanoun …

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. The programme caters to the needs of the most vulnerable Palestine refugees in the five fields of UNRWA operations (the Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank).

"With this contribution, Japan and its people are once again demonstrating their strong commitment to the well-being of Palestine refugees", said UNRWA Commissioner-General, Karen AbuZayd.

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.

28 May 2008 description
report IRIN

JERUSALEM, 28 May 2008 (IRIN) - There has been an increase in the number of Israeli-imposed restrictions on Palestinian movement in the West Bank over the past eight months, according to a UN report.

An additional 41 checkpoints and other physical limitations on movement in the territory have been registered since September 2007, an increase to 607 such obstacles, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated in its May Closure Update.

During the reporting period to …

28 May 2008 description
report Xinhua

GAZA, May 28, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX News Network) -- The government of the Islamic Hamas movement in Gaza welcomed on Wednesday a proposal for supplying Gaza Strip main power plant with Egyptian gas.

The Egyptian MENA news agency has earlier reported that Egyptian Minister of Petroleum Amin Sameh Samir Fahmi said Egypt would supply gas to the Palestinian Gaza power plant.

Fahmi said that Egypt will supply the Palestinian people with all their needs of petro-products and adopt an all-out program to supply Gaza power station with Egyptian gas in a bid to ease the suffering of the …

28 May 2008 description

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Continue Systematic Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

- 9 Palestinians, including a child and an elderly farmer, were killed by IOF in the Gaza Strip.

- 33 Palestinians, including 21 civilians, were wounded by IOF in the Gaza Strip.

- A Palestinian child was wounded by IOF in Jenin refugee camp.

- IOF conducted 34 incursions into Palestinian communities in the West Bank, and 8 into the Gaza Strip.

- IOF razed 606 donums(1) of agricultural in the central and southern Gaza Strip.

- …

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.