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31 Dec 2010 description

Background

- UNHCR has been present in Iraq since the 1980s protecting refugees and asylum seekers. While Iraq is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention or its 1967 Protocol it has been long hosting, with UNHCR's assistance, Palestinian, Iranian, Turkish and Syrian refugees. After the fall of the previous regime in 2003, UNHCR's programme included assisting returning refugees as well as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). After the Samara Shrine bombing in February 2006 and the sectarian violence that followed, UNHCR's responsibility was expanded to assisting IDPs.

31 Dec 2010 description

he recent murder of a top Al Qaeda-inspired militant and an exodus of other militants may signal increased stability, due in part to cooperation between Fatah and Islamist factions.

By Nicholas Blanford, Correspondent / December 31, 2010

The murder of a senior Al-Qaeda-inspired jihadi and the exodus of other militants from here in recent months may herald some welcome stability for this impoverished Palestinian refugee camp.

With some 70,000 Palestinian refugees squashed into little more than a square mile near Sidon, Ain al-Hilweh lies outside the jurisdiction of the Lebanese …

31 Dec 2010 description

Main Findings

Countries in the MENACA region gave US$400 million in humanitarian aid in 2010, as reported to OCHA's Financial Tracking Service.

At the end of 2010 , humanitarian appeals in the MENACA region were 59 per cent funded.

Total CERF funding to the MENACA region reached $93 million in 2010. In turn, countries in the region donated less than $1 million to the CERF pooled fund mechanism.

The global Humanitarian Appeal for 2011 requesting US$7.4 billion was launched at the end of November 2010.

31 Dec 2010 description

December 2010

operational update

PRRO 10387.1 West Bank

Food distributions

6,017 mt

Beneficiaries reached

332,816

Cooperating partners

MoSA, MoEHE, CHF, CRS, UNRWA

Vouchers

Beneficiaries reached

32,724

Cooperating partners

CRS, ACF

EMOP 10817.0 Gaza

Food distributions

5,987 mt

Beneficiaries reached

261,748 (incl. 14,593 voucher benef.)

Cooperating partners

MoSA, MoEHE, CHF, Oxfam GB

31 Dec 2010 description
report European Union

Introduction

The transatlantic relationship has traditionally represented a key dimension of the EU approach towards the Arab-Israeli conflict. Although the EU regards Middle East peace as a strategic priority, many Member States consider sound ties to Washington just as important - or even much more so.

31 Dec 2010 description

Validating the Obvious is Necessary

Richard Falk

31 Dec 2010 description

ISSUES COVERED THIS MONTH

West Bank - Significant increase in demolitions in December - 2010 olive harvest falls below annual average -

Allegations of discrimination against Palestinians in the West Bank

Gaza Strip - "Cast Lead" victims to be denied their right to compensation - Imports into Gaza - Exports remain

limited to strawberries and cut flowers - December Storm Damage

Issues across occupied Palestinian territory - Casualties from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: 2010 Overview

- 1.4 million Palestinians continue to live in food insecurity - CAP 2010 …

31 Dec 2010 description

in this issue

P.2 Morocco Red Crescent responds to Flash Floods

P.2 WFP extends Emergency Response to Syria Drought

P.2 Afghanistan: Bleak Outlook for Food Security in 2011

P.3 Numbers that mattered in 2010

31 Dec 2010 description

Overview of the FMEP Settlement Report

The Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territories is distributed by mail and e-mail at no charge to subscribers by the Foundation for Middle East Peace.

31 Dec 2010 description
report Gisha

December 2010

Following the flotilla incident, on June 20th, 2010 the Israeli government announced its intention to "enable and expand the inflow of dual-use construction materials for approved PA-authorized projects that are under international supervision" and to facilitate the "expansion of economic activity" in Gaza, limiting restrictions on movement into and out of the Strip only to those necessary to prevent war materiel from entering.

31 Dec 2010 description

This issue of Al Majdal is the second of two issues focusing on the secondary forced displacement of Palestinian refugees. Both issues also start with poetry and prose from around the world which cover issues relating to colonialism, forced displacement, and oppression.

31 Dec 2010 description

Executive Summary

Humanitarian Minimum: Israel's Role in Creating Food and Water Insecurity in the Gaza Strip examines how the Israeli occupation and blockade of the Gaza Strip have created a situation of dependency and de-development, whereby the Palestinian people are denied full and dignified lives. The focus on food insecurity and unsafe water in this report is intended to describe and analyze this situation, which amounts to nothing less than the collective punishment of the people of Gaza.

30 Dec 2010 description

The Arab Partners Update is a periodical publication from UNRWA’s External Relations Department (ERD) in Amman. The Update reports on UNRWA’s latest news and events related to the Arab world. It focuses on the latest generous contributions from our Arab partners and summarises UNRWA’s newest programmes and initiatives along with featuring the agency’s major needs. The Update is intended for distribution to our donors, our partner NGOs, other UN Agencies and departments as well as UNRWA’s staff.

30 Dec 2010 description
report Voice of America

Egypt has given permission for a humanitarian Asian aid convoy to enter the Gaza Strip via a crossing in the Sinai Desert but prevented Iranian activists from passing.

The Egyptian daily Al-Ahram reported on Thursday that 120 people from the Asia to Gaza Caravan were allowed to pass along with $1 million in supplies including medicine and electrical generators.

But 46 activists in the caravan from Iran and Jordan were denied entry along with 10 generators donated by Iran.

The report, confirmed by Iranian media, did not give reasons for the denial.

The caravan was organized by …

29 Dec 2010 description

West Bank

38 Palestinians injured by Israeli forces in demonstrations and clashes

During the week, Israeli forces injured 38 Palestinians throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, over half of them in weekly demonstrations. Since the beginning of 2010, Israeli forces have injured 1,145 Palestinians in the West Bank, a 45 percent increase compared to the equivalent period in 2009 (791).

On 27 December, clashes broke out between Palestinians residents of Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem and Israeli forces, resulting in the injury of eight Palestinians.

29 Dec 2010 description
report Voice of America

Palestinian officials say they plan to ask the United Nations Security Council early next month to approve a motion condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and demanding a complete halt to their construction.

A draft of the resolution, obtained byThe Associated Press Wednesday, calls the settlements "illegal" and "a major obstacle to the achievement of a just, lasting and comprehensive peace."

The document, dated December 21, also demands that Israel "immediately and completely ceases all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory, …

29 Dec 2010 description

On the 2nd Anniversary of the Israeli Offensive on the Gaza Strip, Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) Escalate Attacks against Palestinian Civilians and Property in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT)

· IOF killed two Palestinians shepherd in the Gaza Strip.

· Two activists of the Palestinian resistance were killed by IOF in the southern Gaza Strip.

- 3 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli gunfire in the West Bank.

· IOF continued to fire at Palestinian workers, farmers and fishermen in border areas in the Gaza Strip.

- 4 Palestinian civilians were wounded.

- …

29 Dec 2010 description
report European Union

Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Dr. Salam Fayyad, and the European Union Representative, Mr. Christian Berger, signed today a €31 million financing agreement to support the PA's institutions building agenda.

The European Union's financial support to the Palestinian Authority is designed both to help sustain the public services that the PA provides to the Palestinian people and to strengthen the institutions of the future Palestinian state.

29 Dec 2010 description

Thanks to a generous donation from the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent, Palestinian refugee families from Neirab Camp in Aleppo have recently been given brand-new homes.

Tarek Mansour Hussein and Sameeh Yousef Abdallah, along with their wives and children, are just two of 29 families who have so far benefited from the implementation of phase two of UNRWA's Neirab Rehabilitation Project (NRP).

With their newly built apartments, they have been able to considerably improve their families' quality of life.

New views

When Sameeh Yousef Abdallah's father came to Syria …