What we do
Our work in Palestine focuses on relief aid, women’s rights; livelihood and political space / advocacy.
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.
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.
DanChurchAid has worked in the Palestinian territories since 1948.
Today we work closely together with our local partners within 3 main fields: