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Occupation and International Humanitarian Law

THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES – IN A CHRONIC HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

Israel has occupied the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem since 1967. The occupation and the continued annexation of Palestinian land has caused poverty, food insecurity, violations of human rights and extremely limited access to natural and social resources

As time pass it is becoming more and more difficult to build the Palestinian society and to this day the Palestinian Authority fully depends on financial aid from the international community.

CHALLENGES IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

The Israeli occupation has created a ‘Palestine’, which is geographically fragmented: Gaza is completely cut off from the West Bank. The West Bank is divided into 90 enclaves surrounded by   checkpoints, settlements, the separation barrier, buffer zones and roads which are only useable for the Israeli settlers.

The Palestinians are not able to move freely and are denied access to land and water. Many farmers do not have free access to their farm land. The Palestinian economy is therefore severely constrained by Israeli restrictions on access to markets and natural resources.

Today there are about 550.00 Israeli settlers living in the 135 settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. As a result of the Israel’s ongoing expansion of its own sovereignty the Palestinians have lost 40 percent of their land and 80 percent of their underground water supplies. Thousands of Palestinians have been forced to flee from their homes. At the same time, the number of settlement attacks, which typically is violence on Palestinians or destruction of Palestinian property, is increasing.

The division within the Palestinian Authority – Fatah at the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza – creates political and social challenges. So far, it has not been possible for the two partners to reconcile.

Another severe issue is the social and political status of Palestinian women. The Palestinian Authority issues a law that discriminates women which makes it very difficult for women to participate in the local community as well as claiming their full rights as citizens.    

WHAT WE DO IN THE OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

DanChurchAid has worked in the Palestinian territories since 1948.  

Today we work closely together with our local partners within 3 main fields:

  • dotLivelihood protection
  • dotActive citizenship
  • dotAdvocacy

Articles about West Bank/Gaza

'Letting go in Palestine' is a short visual story from L2GP exploring early lessons with locally-led resilience, protection and community crash grants in Palestine.
It is not easy to run a farm in the small village of Bardala on the West Bank.
Two years after the last war in Gaza entire neighbourhoods remain cut off from water supplies, destroyed hospitals and clinics have not yet been rebuilt, and tens of thousands remain without a home.
Hamda Hanani was the first women in her village to claim her inheritance right
Dr. Tawfiq Nasser, the first Palestinian CEO of Augusta Victoria Hospital in East Jerusalem has died, 51 years old.
During the war in Gaza most people stayed indoors because it was too dangerous to move outside. But aid workers Omar, Reem and Nidal said goodbye to children and spouses and went out everyday to help.
One story of a Palestinian child in Gaza.
Two stories of YEC teachers.
The YEC project is a much needed psycho-social support for the children in Gaza.
The ceasefire must be respected. It is alarming that the 3 day truce only lasted few hours Friday morning. Resuming the fighting only means new obstacles and restrictions on the humanitarian operations, leaders of 3 Danish humanitarian organisations say
Omar works in the middle of shelling, crying children and the general chaos of Gaza. His days are spent between digging for survivors in bombed houses, attending funerals for those who didn’t make it and in addition he is the leader of DanChurchAid’s emergency response in Gaza.
A DanChurchAid employee in Gaza has been quoted in the Danish press for naming the recent Israeli attacks in Gaza as “genocide”. DCA regrets the use of the word.
More than 17,000 people affected by the escalating conflict, received food packages from DanChurchAid yesterday. DanChurchAid’s workers are working full speed to meet the needs of emergency relief.
DCA (DanChurchAid) is urgently appealing for an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and other Palestinian factions in Gaza
Many people of Gaza are trapped in their homes, says DCA employee in Gaza, who himself is staying indoor with his frightened family
Military actions by all parties must stop. Thirty-four humanitarian organizations including DanChurchAid appeal for peace.
Young Palestinian women and men are far more equal than the elderly, 18 year old Noor Hindi said as he and around 250 fellow Palestinians walked to the Prime Minister to support women’s rights to inherit
Israeli officials have confiscated humanitarian assistance during a distribution conducted by DCA partner YMCA. Mobile latrines and water tanks were seized in the village Al Ganoub on the desert slopes east of Bethlehem. The humanitarian assistance had a total value of € 7500. ECHO, the EU Humanitarian Office, and Danida had funded the operation.
For the first time in their lives 550 Palestinian Bedouins have got electricity, TV and washing machines, which has made the work for especially women much easier and less time consuming.
In the nearest future, 220.000 Palestinians will receive a visit from Palestine’s new and only mobile clinic that will screen, treat and inform them about diabetes. The biggest cause of death in Palestine
All women should have the same right to inherit as men and with equal rights follow a better Palestine. This was the message when Ramallah Cultural Palace recently got filled to the brim on the occasion of the annual Woman’s Inheritance Day
900,000 Palestinians are to benefit from DCA’s new project, treating and raising awareness about diabetes - the biggest cause of death in Palestine
Palestinian Jihad Sarras’ destiny has been put in the hands of the Israeli court. They are now to determine if his house and fields will be leveled to the ground. It all started when he built a bathroom.
Together with 35 international aid organizations, DanChurchAid today calls for an immediate end to Israel’s illegal demolishing of Palestinian homes
130 volunteers from both Europe and the US participated in this year’s olive harvest in sympathy with the Palestinian olive farmers’ and their families’ difficult conditions in the West Bank
Solar systems will give 3000 Palestinian Bedouins in Hebron and the Bethlehem desert area daily access to electricity for the first time of their lives. Focus on maintenance and security shall ensure the future of the systems
Earlier this year, Israeli settlers destroyed more than half of Palestinian Ahmed Mousa’s olive trees and hereby the foundation of his and his family’s economy. As the annual harvest in October approaches, more and more Palestinian olive farmers suffer the same fate.
The rehabilitation of the 2000 year old water cistern has improved the lives of the the Bedouin family Rashaydeh considerably by giving them free access to water.
The Palestinians living in East Jerusalem pay the same taxes as the Israeli citizens. However they are living under an Israeli discriminatory law which means that the Palestinians are not receiving the same level of services as Israeli citizens in terms of basic infrastructure, education and housing.
Since 2001 Israeli military and settlers have destroyed more than 548,000 olive trees and confiscated hundreds of hectares of Palestinian farmland. Earlier this year DCA’s partner Joint Advocacy Initiative (JAI) and 37 international volunteers planted 1600 new olive trees in three villages at the occupied territories.
10 year old Rozanne's biggest wish was to play and have fun with other children, but being in a wheelchair proved to be a major constraint. Thanks to the "Better Summer - All Together" Camp, Rozanne has met a lot of other children with and without disabilities, and her self-esteem has grown considerably.
The 45 year long Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem has left the Palestinian communities of the city neglected and poor. Though paying the same taxes as Israeli citizens, Palestinian residents receive far from the same services. Increasing arrests, also of children, and house demolitions make life in East Jerusalem almost unbearable.
The lack of water in the Eastern desert of Bethlehem makes living conditions harsh for local Bedouin Muhammed Ali Hussein and his family. Yet, he is not interested in moving to the village.
A new play about women’s inheritance rights premiered in Ramallah on November 2nd 2011. A full theatre of 100 people, mostly women, showed up to learn more. The play was produced by DanChurchAid and funded by the European Union
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