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The Monthly Humanitarian Monitor, December 2011

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In 2011, the humanitarian situation continued to be affected by a lack of respect for international humanitarian and human rights law, also contributing to a crisis of human dignity.

In the West Bank, Israeli settlement activity accelerated in 2011, with an almost 20 percent increase in new “building starts” for housing units (excluding East Jerusalem), compared to 2010. This came along a range of governmental and legislative initiatives aimed at “legitimizing” unauthorized settlement outposts, many of which are built on private Palestinian land. Israeli settlement policies are not only illegal under international law but are also the root cause of much of the humanitarian vulnerability of Palestinians.

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