Jerusalem, 5 September 2018
This week, final stocks of emergency fuel will be delivered to critical facilities in the Gaza Strip, through the United Nations-Assisted Emergency Fuel Program. The Humanitarian Coordinator, Jamie McGoldrick, has written to the donor community requesting immediate support for the program, which provides life-saving emergency fuel to operate standby emergency power generators at critical health centers, and water and sanitation facilities in the Gaza Strip. Funds donated thus far in 2018 have been depleted.
Sunday, 19 August, marks World Humanitarian Day, an annual occasion dedicated by the United Nations General Assembly to raising public awareness of the millions of people who risk their lives in order to provide food, water and other assistance to people in desperate need in conflicts, in natural disasters and other emergencies. This year, humanitarians around the world call for greater protection of civilians, humanitarians and health workers in conflict zones.
Jerusalem, 2 June 2018
Jerusalem, 20 August 2016
“I am deeply concerned about the deteriorating health of Palestinian detainee Bilal Kayed, after 67 days of a hunger strike protesting his detention without charge or trial. This is an egregious case, in which Mr. Kayed was placed on administrative detention on the day of his scheduled release after completing a 14.5 year prison sentence.
Jerusalem, 1 April 2016
Today, humanitarian and development actors, including UN agencies, are joining thousands of Palestinian and international runners in the annual Palestine Marathon, taking place in the city of Bethlehem in support of Palestinians’ right to liberty of movement.
"I strongly condemn today’s arson attack by suspected Jewish extremists on the home of Palestinian Ibrahim Dawabsheh in the occupied West Bank village of Duma. Mr. Dawabsheh and his wife were at home during the attack and sustained light injuries as a result of smoke inhalation. I wish them both a full and speedy recovery.
Jerusalem, 17 February 2016
The Coordinator for Humanitarian and UN Development Activities for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), Robert Piper, today called for an immediate halt to the destruction of Palestinian-owned property in the occupied West Bank and for respect for international law.
“The number of demolitions for just the first six weeks of 2016 is greatly alarming,” said Mr. Piper. “Over 400 Palestinians have been displaced from their homes – equivalent to over half the total number of Palestinians displaced in all of 2015.”
Remarks delivered on behalf of Robert Piper, Coordinator for Humanitarian and UN Development Activities for the occupied Palestinian territory
Ramallah, 10 February 2016
Jerusalem, 2 February 2016
“I am deeply concerned about the continued practice of administrative detention in Israeli jails and detention centers.
In particular, I am alarmed by the rapidly deteriorating health of Palestinian administrative detainee, Mohammed Al-Qiq, who is on hunger strike in protest against the arbitrary nature of his detention and ill-treatment.
According to data from Israel Prison Service (IPS), 527 Palestinians, including one woman and five minors were held in administrative detention in IPS facilities at the end of November 2015.
Jerusalem, 16 November 2015
In operations to “deter others”, the family homes of five alleged perpetrators of attacks against Israelis in 2015 have been demolished by Israeli security forces since 14 November.
At least nine additional adjacent apartments have been damaged and rendered unsafe. During the most recent operation this morning in Qalandiya refugee camp, initial information indicates that two Palestinians were killed, and nine others were injured, in clashes to protest against the demolition.
During a visit to Makassed hospital in East Jerusalem on Sunday, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory (OPT), Robert Piper, questioned recent actions by Israeli security forces in and around health care facilities in occupied East Jerusalem. He was accompanied during the visit by senior UN officials from UNRWA, UNSCO, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO and OCHA.
8 August 2015, JERUSALEM: The Israeli law adopted on July 30 allowing the force-feeding of detainees and prisoners on hunger strikes in Israeli prisons is a cause for concern to those who work to protect the right to health of Palestinians in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Jerusalem, 7 August 2014
“The 72-hour-ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions that entered into force on 5 August must continue to hold,” said the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Mr. James W. Rawley. “I welcome the halt in violence and echo the call of the Secretary-General that parties reach a durable ceasefire. We cannot go back to the status-quo ante,” he said. “After four weeks of intense hostilities, the scale of needs is unprecedented in the Gaza Strip.
Gaza City, 14 July 2014
Good morning everyone. I am here today, accompanying the UNRWA Commissioner General Mr. Pierre Kraehenbuehl, in difficult circumstances. This past week has witnessed a dramatic escalation of conflict, with the worst impact being suffered by the civilian population of the Gaza Strip, which we see very clearly here at this school.
Jerusalem, 20 September 2013
The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. James W. Rawley expressed deep concern that Israeli forces prevented the provision of humanitarian assistance to a community in urgent need in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank.
The United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator, Mr. James W. Rawley today urged the Government of Israel to lift the long-term restrictions, including the blockade of Gaza in place since 20007. Seeking to highlight the particular impact of these restrictions on livelihoods, Mr Rawley led a visit of humanitarian agencies and international representatives to meet with Palestinian fishermen and farmers to learn first‐hand how they are affected and what can be done to address the challenges they face.
Remarks by Humanitarian Coordinator James W. Rawley, on the occasion of the opening ofworkshop “Palestine International Assistance Awareness Workshop”
Ramallah, 17 June 2013
Sabah el kheir!
Brigadier Mohammed Issa Representatives from the Ministries Representatives of the donor countries and organizations, including Red Crescentand Red Cross Movement committed to the preparedness agenda Colleagues from the HCT and from OCHA Geneva, Cairo and MSB (Swedish Civil Contingency Agencies)
The United Nations is deeply saddened that it is the civilian population that has, once again, borne the brunt of violence in this region. In just eight days, at least 103 civilians were killed, including 33 children and 13 women; hundreds more were injured, many critically as a result of the recent hostilities in Gaza. About 700 families have been made homeless by the destruction of their homes and have been displaced. Bridges, schools, clinics, media offices and sports facilities were damaged.
Gaza 14 June 2012: Fifty international charities and United Nations Agencies have unanimously called for the lifting of the blockade of Gaza. The organizations have published a simple three line statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the tightening of the blockade of the Strip.
For over five years in Gaza, more than 1.6 million people have been under blockade in violation of international law. More than half of these people are children. We the undersigned say with one voice: “end the blockade now.”
The United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, Maxwell Gaylard, has condemned the eviction of two Palestinian families from their adjacent homes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Beit Hanina. Their eviction earlier today follows a court case brought against the families by an Israeli association, which reportedly plans to build housing units on the property.