The U.S. is focusing their efforts to improve the humanitarian conditions in Gaza with a major infusion to the strip’s crippled infrastructure, but without the involvement of PA’s autocrat Abbas, since the peace plan has remained stalled due to the entrenchment of the Palestinian leadership.
With the United States’ highly-anticipated Mideast peace plan stalled amid an ongoing diplomatic freeze-out by the Palestinians, the Trump administration is shifting its focus towards efforts to improve humanitarian conditions in the impoverished Gaza Strip, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
The indignant Palestinian Authority autocrat, Mahmoud Abbas. – Photo: Reuters
A senior US official told The Post that Washington is considering a major infusion of development aid into the blockaded Palestinian enclave, demonstrating a commitment to Palestinian well-being that would make it more difficult for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to continue to snub peace talks. Continue Reading »
UN Envoy to the Mideast, Nickolay Mladenov, and Palestinian PM Hamdallah met with Major General Yoav Mordechai about Gaza’s fuel shortage and the plight of Gaza’s citizens, and no one questions Hamas’ withholding over a $100 million to spend on tunnel building.
– Israel insists solution should also address the issue of Hamas finally returning missing POWs, MIAs to Israel.
By Elior Levy
Egypt stopped allowing diesel shipments to enter the Gaza Strip Wednesday, causing the strip’s power station to cease operations. As a result, residents have been limited to three hours of electricity a day.
A meeting was thus called by Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in light of the dire situation, attended by the United Nations (UN) Envoy to the Mideast Nickolay Mladenov and Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Major General Yoav Mordechai. Continue Reading »
Ignoring the current trends controlled by the corrupt & gangster-like gov’t of Hamas, pro-Palestinian UN bureaucrats are appealing for $547 million in aid, claiming the Hamas controlled coastal enclave could become uninhabitable by 2020 should Israel and Egypt maintain their blockade.
The United Nations launched an appeal Monday for $547 million (524 million euros) to help 1.6 million people in the Palestinian territories in 2017.
The response covers 1.1 million residents of the Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli blockade for the past decade, and half a million people in the occupied West Bank.
The most recent conflict between Israel and Gaza ended in August 2014 but Israel has maintained tight restrictions on the enclave, while Egypt has also closed its border. Continue Reading »
The US Agency for Int’l Development, in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, will distribute the $50 million over 5 years to provide humanitarian assistance and create jobs in the Hamas controlled enclave.
By Associated Press
The United States on Monday announced a $50 million humanitarian aid program for the Gaza Strip.
Destruction in Gaza following Operation Protective Edge – Photo: AP
US officials said the money will be used over five years to provide basic humanitarian assistance and create jobs. It will be distributed by the US Agency for International Development in partnership with Catholic Relief Services.
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UN envoy Nikolay Mladenov, agreeing with Israelis, makes rare public criticism of Gaza’s diverting cement for terrorism instead of home repairs, without specifying the terror aspect in attempt to resolve the issue.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Israel has told the United Nations that it will suspend private imports of cement in Gaza after some of the supplies were diverted, a UN spokesman said Monday.
UN envoy Nickolay Mladenov is working with Israeli and Palestinian authorities to try to resolve the issue.
“Anyone who seeks to gain by deviating construction material in Gaza is stealing from its own people and adding to the suffering of the people of Gaza,” Mladenov said. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Shin Bet says Palestinian man skimmed cement & building materials for Hamas, that was provided by donor nations & other int’l bodies solely for rehabilitating Gaza’s civilian infrastructure.
By JPOST.COM STAFF
A Palestinian resident of the Gaza Strip has been arrested for diverting building materials intended for the rehabilitation of the Gaza Strip to Hamas’s military wing to be used in terrorist activities, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said Wednesday.
IDF discovered dozen of Hamas Attack Tunnels made with cement sent for Gaza’s rehabilitation
The Shin Bet and Southern District police arrested Tamer Ahmed Muhammed Barim, from Bnei Suhila in Gaza, at the Erez Crossing between Israel and the Strip on August 31. Continue Reading »
Over a year after Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas missile attacks, the al-Zaza family has moved into their rebuilt home.
* Because of widespread corruption by Hamas & within the UN, most international funding to reconstruct Gaza has not been forthcoming.
The Associated Press
The al-Zazas have much to celebrate these days, after returning a few weeks ago to their neighborhood in the Gaza Strip — the first Palestinian family to move back into a completely rebuilt home since last year’s Operation Protective Edge.
Um Alabed al-Zaza mops her new kitchen in the family’s house – Photo: Associated Press
It was a much-anticipated homecoming. Continue Reading »
The World Bank’s report said that to rebuild Gaza’s economy, “a unified Palestinian gov’t in both the West Bank & Gaza” was required.
The Gaza Strip has the world’s highest unemployment and Palestinians, Israelis and donors must take action to avoid a “dangerous fiscal crisis,” the World Bank said Friday.
UNRWA continues to distribute food to 830,000 refugees in Gaza. – Photo: UNRWA
The report, prepared ahead of the bi-annual meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) which coordinates international donor support for the Palestinians, comes nearly a year after the 50-day conflict between Gaza militants and Israel, in which around 2,200 Palestinians were killed. Continue Reading »
UN official warns the Security Council that if promised cash is given to Hamas, there may be more violence coming out of Gaza.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
The failure by world donors to deliver billions of dollars of aid to rebuild Gaza is jeopardizing efforts to avoid a new flareup in the Palestinian territory, a senior United Nations official warned Wednesday.
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UN political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council that donors who had promised $5.4 billion to the Palestinians at the Cairo conference four months ago “have yet to fulfill the vast majority of their pledges,” according to AFP.
UNRWA has provided more than $77 million to repair homes or find temporary alternatives, but now due to a lack of funds the agency “has been forced to suspend its CASH assistance program”.
By REUTERS, JPOST.COM STAFF
The main UN aid agency in the Gaza Strip said on Tuesday a lack of international funding had forced it to suspend payments to tens of thousands of Palestinians for repairs to homes damaged in last summer’s war.
Palestinians place sandbags as they try to prevent rain water from flooding their house following heavy rain in Gaza City November 27. – Photo: REUTERS
“People are literally sleeping amongst the rubble, children have died of hypothermia,” Robert Turner, Gaza director of operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), said in a statement. Continue Reading »
Estimated costs of rebuilding Gaza include $1.9b. for public & private repairs in infrastructure and additional $1.2 billion for ‘reactivating economic productivity’ [sic].
The Palestinian government on Thursday called for $4 billion to rebuild Gaza, part of a reconstruction plan for the war-battered territory ahead of an October 12 donor conference.
A house in ruins – Photo: Reuters
Gaza’s infrastructure was devastated during a 50-day Operation Protective Edge, which killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, while attacks by Gaza terrorists killed 73 on the Israeli side.
A 76-page report, released ahead of the donor conference in Cairo, said $4 billion (3.2 billion euros) would be needed for the “direct costs” of rebuilding the besieged coastal territory. Continue Reading »
The overland convoy includes some 30 activists from European & Arab countries and is carrying medical supplies & other humanitarian aid for Gaza’s hospitals.
An overland aid convoy headed for the Gaza Strip is expected to arrive via the Rafah crossing next Sunday, according to the Palestinian news agency Ma’an.
The Miles of Smiles convoy. – Photo: Screenshot
Known as “Miles of Smiles 26,” the convoy includes over 30 activists from Arab and European countries and is carrying humanitarian aid and medical supplies to hospitals in Gaza.
The convoy was organized by a group calling itself the National Committee to Break the Siege. Continue Reading »