Humanitarian Assistance for Palestine/Gaza
30th June 2020 20:00
When Israel was founded in 1948, Palestinians who lost their homeland and homes fled to the West Bank and Gaza, and to Jordan, Lebanon, and other surrounding countries. The number of those who fled exceeded 700,000, and for more than seven decades since then, they are living as refugees. Many are stateless, and while it depends on the country in which they ended up, they are leading restricted lives without paths to citizenship and limitations on work.
Please visit CCP Japan’s website to read more about the issues surrounding Palestine, which many may have heard about but do not know in detail:
- About the issues surrounding Palestine: https://ccp-ngo.jp/palestine/
- History of the issues surrounding Palestine: https://ccp-ngo.jp/palestine/palestine-information/
- Conditions of Palestinian refugees: https://ccp-ngo.jp/palestine/refgees-information/
26th May 2020 5:00
COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Palestine. UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has reported 567 COVID-19 cases, 464 of whom have recovered while 4 have died (as of 19th May). The State of Emergency has been declared until early June, and people are refraining from going out. However, there is a critical shortage of test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), and respirators, and international support is needed.
OCHA Situation Report No.9 can be read here: https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/sitrep_9_covid-19.pdf
30th April 2020 22:00
In Gaza where JPF is implementing assistance, people are tightening their guard against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). In highly densely populated refugee camps, refugees are asked to stay at home. While the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) says the number of COVID-19 cases in Gaza is low, there is insufficient medical capacity and not enough tests, so they are raising alarm for the potential danger of the virus spreading in this type of environment.
Read the UN News here: https://news.un.org/en/audio/2020/04/1061702
27th March 2020 5:00
In Gaza where a JPF member NGO is implementing its project, the Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza confirmed their first cases of COVID-19 in Gaza. It is reported that those who tested positive were two Palestinians returning to Gaza from Pakistan. As conflict with Israel has resulted in strictly controlled movement of people into and out of Gaza and a weak health care system, there are concerns as to the impact on the residents if COVID-19 continues to spread.
Asahi Shimbun’s digital article can be read here: https://www.asahi.com/articles/ASN3Q3F8PN3QUHBI00J.html
29th February 2020 21:00
According to the February 2020 UNHCR operational update on Yemen, there are 24 million people in need of aid in the nation, and 3.65 million people have been displaced since 2015, where over 80% of IDPs (internally displaced persons) have been displaced for more than a year. Additionally, since the beginning of 2019, 66,000 families have been newly displaced.
In February, UNHCR and its partner organization launched a de-worming campaign in Aden Governorate to mitigate anemia and micronutrient deficiency among vulnerable children. They visited families door-to-door and distributed de-worming tablets to refugees, IDPs, and host community children.
Humanitarian Assistance for Palestine/Gaza: Ms. Mueller of OCHA emphasizes importance of international community’s assistance
29th January 2020 20:28
Ms. Ursula Mueller, who serves as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and has visited JPF last November, was in Israel and Palestine this month. Ms. Mueller visited the region for six days, met with those who have been affected by the political conflict, and called on the international community to provide sustained assistance to the region.
UN OCHA’s article can be read here: https://www.unocha.org/story/deputy-humanitarian-chief-concludes-visit-israel-and-opt
UN News in Brief can be found here: https://news.un.org/en/audio/2020/01/1055621
Article on Ms. Mueller’s visit to JPF can be found here.
26th December 2019 19:30
On December 24, we held a meeting at JPF to prepare for the third-party monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of our program in Palestine/Gaza. JPF’s M&E Division, a Turkish M&E specialist who consults with JPF, and staff from JPF member NGOs gathered as they communicated on Skype with the external expert who will be in charge of project M&E in Palestine/Gaza, discussing the contents and methods of third party M&E for this program.
We consider monitoring and evaluation to be extremely important for transparency and accountability of our programs. Moreover, M&E’s role is critical in clarifying the program’s outcomes and challenges so that the program can proceed more promptly and effectively in the future.
28th November 2019 21:00
“How is Palestine now?” is a topic that is not often reported in the Japanese media. At the upcoming talk, journalists who have reported on Palestine and researchers who have stayed there will report on the latest situation in Palestine. Mr. Toshikuni Doi, who will be hosting this event, has participated as one of the panelists in JPF’s joint symposium with UNHCR titled “Syria Crisis: One Humanity, Shared Responsibility,” which was held on 20th June 2016 for World Refugee Day.
Date & Time: Sunday 1st December 2016 13:30-16:30 (with intermission)
Venue: Convention Hall (basement floor), Hibiya Library, Tokyo
Facilitator: Toshikuni Doi, Palestine Documentary Society
1. Yasunori Kawakami (Journalist, Former Director of Middle East Affairs at Asahi Shimbun): “Current State of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon”
2. Hiroyuki Suzuki (Palestinian Studies, Project Associate Professor, University of Tokyo): “State of Palestinian-Israeli Affairs Since the Israeli General Election”
3. Toshikuni Doi (Journalist): “Latest Documentary Film, ‘Living in Gaza 2019’ (Abbreviated Version)”
[Panel Discussion, Q&A]
Mr. Yasunori Kawakami, Mr. Hiroyuki Suzuki, and Mr. Toshikuni Doi
30th October 2019 22:00
A 14-part series of report from Mr. Toshikuni Doi, an independent journalist and film director, called “Gaza Now: Summer 2019” can now be read on the Yahoo! Japan News site. Mr. Doi has participated as one of the panelists in JPF’s joint symposium with UNHCR titled “Syria Crisis: One Humanity, Shared Responsibility,” which was held on 20th June 2016 for World Refugee Day.
Please read more about the 2016 joint symposium here: https://www.japanplatform.org/.../syria_symposium.../report.html
In this reporting series, Mr. Doi delves into topics such as “Families in poverty surviving the war,” “Demonstrators at the border,” “Power supply in Gaza,” and “Young people trying to flee Gaza.” Through his reporting, we hope you find out more about the realities in which the people of Gaza, Palestine, live day to day.
Toshikuni Doi’s reporting: https://news.yahoo.co.jp/by.../doitoshikuni/20190925-00144127/
List of Toshikuni Doi’s articles (Parts 1 through 14): https://news.yahoo.co.jp/byline/doitoshikuni/
30th September 2019 23:00
With funding from JPF, Campaign for Children of Palestine (CCP Japan), a JPF member NGO, has been running a program in Gaza to aid the physical recovery of those with disabilities or diseases and to train aid workers.
For example, Suad (age 3), a girl living in Gaza, was suffering from rickets, which is a condition caused by vitamin D deficiency. CCP Japan provided vitamin and calcium supplements as well as medicine to prevent infections and boost her immune system, and they were able to confirm improvements in her condition based on changes in her weight and height. Her parents also received guidance on how to prepare meals that were highly nutritious and effective as well as the importance of exposure to daylight.
During their session at Global Festa Japan 2019 (day 1), CCP Japan reported on their programs in Gaza and Lebanon. They introduced the content of their programs, including medical aid for the children and mothers of Gaza as well as winter aid for refugees in Lebanon, and explained why they are necessary.
31st August 2019 23:00
- General health checks in Gaza (1) ©PWJ
- General health checks in Gaza (2) ©PWJ
The large-scale attack that occurred between July and August of 2014 left deep scars on the lives, livelihoods, education and economy of the people of Gaza who were already vulnerable, and approximately 2.5 million people who were affected still require emergency aid.
Japan Platform (JPF) has been delivering aid since August 2014, and has provided food, shelter and emergency material aid as well as psychosocial assistance to children, rehabilitation to people who have become disabled as a result of the conflict and assistance in improving livelihoods.
Aid from the international community will continue to be needed, and JPF will maintain its aid so that the conditions of the people in Gaza will not deteriorate even further.
▼In our annual report for FY 2018, we introduce our programs for both inside and outside Japan including Gaza, Palestine. Please take a look!
Humanitarian Assistance for Gaza, Palestine: Memories of a doctor who treated refugees (UNRWA Newsroom)
31st July 2019 22:00
On July 30, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) posted an article on Dr. Shaker, a doctor who had worked for the UNRWA health program in Gaza for thirty years.
When Dr. Shaker started working for UNRWA in 1989, there were only six doctors to provide medical care to the 80,000 Palestinian refugees. Currently, 26 doctors working in three health centers provide primary health care to the approximately 200,000 Palestinian refugees living in Rafah, Gaza.
One of the health centers in Rafah used to be a subcenter that only provided maternity services, but Dr. Shaker and his colleagues drew up plans and raised donations to turn it into a full-scale health center that provides primary health care. Today, it is one of the major health centers that provides basic medical care to more than 150,000 people.
▼See the UNRWA article here
28th June 2019 19:30
On 25th June, United Nations Secretary-General António Gutteres addressed the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) Pledging Conference and praised the agency for its nearly 70 years of efforts in running over 700 schools and for providing over half a million Palestinian refugee children with free education and high-quality health care services.
Following the remarks from senior UN officials, two teenage students spoke about their daily experiences at school and the importance of schools as representatives of the 536,000 students currently attending UNRWA schools in Gaza and the West Bank. Hanan, a female student, stated, “For the Palestinian children, the long holidays after the end of the school year is not fun for us, because we know that education is the most important thing that we have.” Hatem, a male student, has lived through three wars already at age 15 and said, “Scenes of war and destruction are in my head and haunt me in my sleep.” He told the audience that education has been the only hope for a better future for him, and that even during the darkest times, he has learned about his rights.
Visit the following page for UN News: https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/06/1041251
Palestine/Gaza Humanitarian Assistance: No Political Development in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - UN News
9th May 2019 19:30
On 29 April, Rosemary DiCarlo, Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs for the United Nations, stated in the briefing at the United Nations Security Council on the situation in the Middle East that UN’s response to the humanitarian, financial, and political crisis in Palestine has not yet yielded sufficient outcomes due to the continued political conflict in the region.
Under-Secretary-General DiCarlo also spoke about the progress UN did make with the humanitarian and economic assistance programs implemented in Gaza to help stabilize the region. In the past year, UN has raised US$110 million for fuel, health, water, sanitation, and employment programs. Additionally, it has contributed US$4.6 million for the delivery of essential drugs and performance of 9,500 surgeries.
Palestine/Gaza Humanitarian Assistance: Vocational Training Center Opened in Gaza - Planting Hope for Employment for the Youth
18th April 2019 19:30
- Students learning graphic design ©PWJ
We would like to introduce you to a humanitarian assistance project* in Palestine/Gaza by a JPF member NGO. Last year, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) launched a vocational training project for youths in the Gaza district of Palestine. Instructors have been selected, necessary equipment has been procured, and three vocational training centers have launched with training starting in March 2019.
A student enrolled in the solar power management systems course stated, “Solar power panels are starting to spread throughout Gaza, and this is a growing industry, so I chose this course. I applied with hopes of getting skilled and being employed.” Another female student enrolled in the smart phone management course noted, “My parents are supportive of me choosing this course, but some friends told me, ‘This is something a man would do, it’s not for you.’ Some people believe that women are not capable of anything, but I am determined to prove them wrong by starting my own business.”
In Gaza, many young people of employable age who are eager to work still cannot find employment. Under these difficult circumstances, PWJ’s project is planting hope for these young people’s futures.
*This is not a JPF grant project.
For a write-up on this project by PWJ, please visit here: https://peace-winds.org/activity/gaza/15527
Palestine/Gaza Humanitarian Assistance: Palestinian National Authority Not Preventing More Bloodshed? UN Raises Alarm
18th March 2019 19:00
Israeli security forces have responded to many who have been exposed to injuries due to tear gas, rubber bullets, or live ammunition and have experienced immeasurable fear since the beginning of this year. Michael Lynk, who is the Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian Territory, has raised alarm for these conditions and said that there is a cycle of bloodshed occurring there.
On 8th February 14- and 17-year-old boys have been killed while UN protection activities were ongoing, and only four days later, a 16-year-old boy was hit by a tear gas canister. Mr. Lynk addressed the Human Rights Council, which appointed the Commission of Inquiry last May, and presented the findings that there are serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian laws. In Palestine/Gaza, 35 children have already been killed, in addition to paramedics and journalists. Additional 6,000 people have been injured during demonstrations.
Read the UN report here: https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/03/1034121
Palestine/Gaza Humanitarian Assistance: Palestinian Refugee Crisis Expanding and Many at Risk - UN Raises Alarm
5th February 2019 19:00
Pierre Krähenbühl, the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), raised alarm that the Palestinian refugees’ basic needs have deteriorated since 2001 in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. UNRWA provides food assistance to a million people in Gaza, or half the population, every three months. However, due to the blockade and the conflict, the Gaza economy has been wiped out and assistance is harder to reach those in need.
It has also become less safe for the residents, and violent attacks have been on the rise, including those that involve shootings. In 2018, the number of violent incidents increased by 57% compared to 2017 and 175% compared to 2016, where the residents are at risk of being victimized every day.
Read the UN report here: https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/01/1031562
Palestine/Gaza Humanitarian Assistance: Budget Cuts Causing Children to Almost Give Up on Their Dreams - UN Raises Alarm
19th January 2019 22:00
Matthias Schmale, Director of Operations in Gaza for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), raised alarm that the funding cuts to the agency’s operations threatens children’s opportunities to learn. Eva, a girl who attends an UNRWA school stated, “The school is trying as much as it can to teach us in a hands-on method. I have dreams to be something big in the future, but I have to cut those dreams down because of the situation we live in now.”
Read the UN report here: https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/01/1029792
Latest Country Situation Report 16th, January, 2019
Towards a safer community and mitigating instability in the local community infrastructure, we have focused on providing assistance to women, children, person with disabilities, and other vulnerable populations in Gaza, the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt)
Starting in July 2014, Gaza experienced over 50 days of armed conflicts which have begun with a massive military attack by the Israeli forces. At JPF, we launched the Palestine/Gaza Humanitarian Assistance Program in August 2014, and continued to extend the program a year at a time while we provided assistance in food security, emergency relief items, , WASH (water & sanitation), agriculture, medical assistance, child protection and livelihood. Particularly, We have paid special attention to those who were considered socially vulnerable such as women, children, and persons with disabilities. tOur program focuses on preventing further deterioration of their living conditions as well as promoting resilience of the people in Gaza.
3 years have already passed since the conflict, but reconstruction in Gaza has been stalled due to various reasons including Israeli economic blockade, and socio-political conditions remain chaotic. Given these points, JPF continues our assistance until the end of January 2018.
About 1.3 million people suffered from around 50 days of bombing.
We have implemented activities that support the local community infrastructure and livelihood of those whose lives were impacted by the blockade strictly limiting the movement of people and goods.
On July 7, 2014, massive military attack by the Israeli forces began in Gaza after three Israeli young men were abducted and killed in the West Bank in mid-June, followed by an abduction and killing of a Palestinian boy in July. The armed struggle continued for over 50 days. This has resulted in the death and injury of many civilians, and affected the lives of about 1.9 million residents of Palestinian territories. This is why Japan Platform (JPF) decided to mobilize the "2014 Palestine/Gaza Humanitarian Aid Program" on July 30, 2014.
During the Initial Response Period of about six months from August 10, 2014 to January 31, 2015, 4 JPF Member NGOs, with local partner organizations, distributed goods -- including food, clothes, and school supplies -- and provided warm meals, medical aid, child protection, and agricultural aid. (1 Member NGO only conducted research during this time.) As there are very strict limitations on the movement of resources, equipment, and people into and out of Gaza, not enough aid has been delivered to those in need, and there remains the need for humanitarian aid.
At JPF, we have taken into account these ongoing conditions and has been continuing this program until January 2018.
NGO's Project : Campaign for the Children of Palestine (CCP Japan)
Striving to improve the health and psychological state of children injured in the conflict
Since the spring of 2015, CCP has continued to deliver assistance to children who have been injured and disabled as a result of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict. In fiscal year 2016, multiple medical teams consisting of doctors, nurses, physical therapists and psychologists, visited the homes of 500 children living all across Gaza, allowing children who were previously neglected due to difficulties in accessing medical institutions, to receive regular and intensive treatment, rehabilitation, wheelchairs and mobility aids. CCP Japan has assisted more than 750 children in the past two years, enabling many children to stand or walk again, and return to school. It will continue its programs, striving to improve the health and psychological state of children and enable them to reintegrate into society.
Voice from the Field
Rehabilitation and psychological support has enabled me to walk again and be more positive!
Ibrahim (age 12)
When I first lost my left leg from below the knee in a bombing, I took my stress out on my family and would sometimes break or throw whatever I could get my hands on. I stayed away from my friends too. But after going through a year and a half of rehabilitation with a physical therapist* and with all the psychological support that I've received*, I am able to go to school again! Although I've lost my leg, I can stand up, walk with a prosthetic leg and ride a bike too. I think this has also made me very positive. At school, I like language and physical education, especially soccer. I hope I can be the goalkeeper someday.