Members of the Security Council,
Today’s briefing is taking place as important developments unfold to end the more than ten-year long Palestinian divide and return Gaza to the full control of the legitimate Palestinian Authority.
Last month when Hamas dissolved the Administrative Committee, a parallel institution to run governmental affairs in Gaza, it agreed that the Palestinian Government of National Consensus should assume its responsibilities in the Strip.
by Akram Jawabreh
My childhood was the most beautiful time of my entire life. I used to spend my time playing in the alleys of Arroub refugee camp, my home in the West Bank. Despite the camp’s uncovered sewage canals, poor lighting and dusty, unpaved streets, life was not complicated. My neighbors and I made a playground of the narrow streets and the surrounding vineyards and fields. Back then, we had no worries of what tomorrow would bring. How beautiful and simple was that time, in comparison to what today’s children are forced to endure.
On Saturday morning, 22 July 2017, at about 7:00 A.M., ‘Udai Nawaj’ah, 16, his brother Diaa’, 18, and his uncle D’as, 33, all from the Palestinian community of Khirbet Ibziq northeast of Tubas, set off to graze their flocks in al-Makhbah, an area that lies some 1.5 kilometers away. At about 10:00 A.M., they returned home to eat and give their flocks water.
At about 2:00 P.M., they set out again to al-Makhbah, where they met Sa’ed Fawadlah, 21, a member of the community who was grazing his cattle.
Ramallah, 16 October 2017
“This afternoon I met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah to discuss the implementation of the intra-Palestinian agreement that was signed in Cairo on 12 October.
The agreement provides for the return of the crossings of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority by 1 November. The timely and effective implementation of this provision and concrete steps to alleviate the humanitarian crisis will be critical for effectively empowering the Palestinian Government in Gaza.
October 16th, 2017 ― Doha: Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has initiated a new project to support the government-run Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip, at a total cost of $284,000 (QR 1,025,920).
In coordination with the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MoH), QRCS's mission in Gaza is implementing a plan to renovate and develop the Coronary Care Unit (CCU), giving a much-needed help for cardiac patients in the enclave.
Longstanding restrictions on the movement of people and goods to and from Gaza have undermined the living conditions of approximately two million Palestinians in that area. Many of the current restrictions, originally imposed by Israel in the early 1990s, were intensified after June 2007, following the Hamas takeover of Gaza and the imposition of a blockade. These restrictions continue to reduce access to livelihoods, essential services and housing, disrupt family life, and undermine people’s hopes for a secure and prosperous future.
The Secretary-General spoke today with H.E. Mr Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the State of Palestine. The Secretary-General congratulated the President on the intra-Palestinian agreement signed earlier today in Cairo.
The Secretary-General was encouraged by the recent progress in allowing the Palestinian Government to take up its responsibilities in Gaza, and welcomed the efforts of Egypt to achieve this goal.
At the end of Sept, 6/18 partners (1 UN, 5 INGO) and 8/31 HRP projects are funded.
West Bank/East Jerusalem
81 households have received a shelter response in 2017; 3 cases are pending. Demolition or confiscations of all structures have affected 6,205 people so far in 2017.
Consolidation and upgrading
2,730 shelters in located in Area C need rehabilitation and upgrading in order to meet Minimum Standards and provide adequate protection to occupants.
Delivering humanitarian response that meets the needs of women, girls, boys and men remains a priority for all UN Agencies and their partners. This guidance provides a checklist of essential actions for ensuring equitable participation and fair distribution of humanitarian action at each stage of the Humanitarian Program Cycle (HPC).
Following a period of recovery after the 2014 Gaza war, growth in the Palestinian territories dropped to 0.7 percent in Q1 2017 as reconstruction efforts decelerated and private consumption slowed down. At 29 percent, unemployment continues to be stubbornly high. Given the ongoing constraints to economic competitiveness, medium term growth is projected at 3 percent. Lower than expected aid and the possibility of further conflict pose down-side risks to growth and employment.
On 11 August 2017, the Israeli military shut and locked the gate it had installed some six years earlier at the main entrance to Kafr a-Dik, a Palestinian village west of Salfit, to prevent passage by vehicle. According to the village council, the Israeli DCO justified the closure on the grounds that youths from the village had repeatedly thrown suspicious objects and Molotov cocktails at Route 446, which is used by settlers. Approximately 6,500 people live in Kafr a-Dik.
● Gaza energy crisis further undermines the access of over 49,000 people with disabilities to critical life-saving services and devices.
● The rate of approval of patients’ applications for exit permits via Israel declined to an average of 53 per cent so far in 2017, compounded by delays in the financial approval for such referrals by the Ramallah-based Ministry of Health.
The European Union (EU) has signed an important additional contribution of EUR 9.5 million to the 2017 Programme Budget of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in response to a call to donors to help close a shortfall that could impact its key services such as education and health-care.
RAMALLAH – The Government of Japan has announced a JPY 350 million (approximately US$3.2 million) contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) that will provide six months of food assistance for to 52,000 of the most vulnerable non-refugee Palestinians living in Gaza.
In reaction to a number of articles published the last few days, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development Cooperation Alexander De Croo clarify the Belgian policy regarding the support to schools in the Palestinian Territories.
International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East, AM & PM Meetings
VIENNA, 6 October — The International Media Seminar on Peace in the Middle East concluded today, with two panel discussions exploring themes of bias, objectivity, truth and the role of both social and traditional media in covering the issues that mattered most to Palestinians and Israelis.
For 70 years, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has affected the Middle East landscape and defied the international community’s peacebuilding efforts. Tensions escalated after the most recent negotiations collapsed, spurring additional violence, hardening public attitudes, and threatening prospects for a negotiated settlement. Facing these challenges and their impact on broader U.S. national security interests, the current administration has identified this conflict as a diplomatic priority.