Sunday, April 30, 2006

[ePalestine] UN: Assessment of the future humanitarian risks in the occupied Palestinian territory

Dear friends,

This UN report will be especially useful to those of you who are writing letters to the editor and to your elected officials.  It has well referenced numbers and clearly states that:

"Under the Fourth Geneva Conventions, Israel as the occupying power bears the responsibility for the welfare of the Palestinian population. In recent years, international donors and the Palestinian Authority have in practical terms taken on this role. If the PA is unable to provide basic services to the Palestinian population and donors withhold assistance, the emphasis will shift back to Israel to resume its legal obligation."

Take 30 minutes out of your day and send a 2-3 paragraph letter to your newspaper editor today.

International & Humanitarian Law vs. Law of the Jungle, you choose,


Assessment of the future humanitarian risks in the occupied Palestinian territory  

Date: 11 Apr 2006 

This paper examines the humanitarian risks in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the coming months. It warns of an extremely bleak humanitarian situation for the Palestinian people. 

The analysis has been organised according to three scenarios. Scenario 1 reflects the current situation. A more critical forecast is related to the withdrawal of funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA). This has prompted humanitarian agencies to initiate planning based on two further scenarios (2 and 3). 

Full report (pdf* format - 148 KB) 

Source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) 


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