NGO ACTION NEWS

Anera and Hope Haven Ministries in Bethany provided several wheelchairs to disabled Palestinians living in Bethany. Nearly 100 patients with neurological disorders live and receive services at Four Homes of Mercy. Anera continues to expand its relief programme with Palestinian charities with two projects: the Milk for Preschoolers programme, delivering fortified milk and biscuits to 15,000 children at 150 schools, and to deliver basic medicines and health supplies to dozens of clinics and hospitals. Through partnerships in the region, ANERA helped deliver additional 200 wheelchairs to disabled children. In addition, in response to problems created by the restriction on movement, the School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Foundation of the Al-Quds University Medical School (UK) and ANERA, has created audio-visual lecture halls that connect the School of Medicine in Abu Dis with its affiliated programmes in Al-Najah University in Nablus and Al-Azhar University in Gaza. For further information, contact email anera@anera.org or visit ANERA’s web site http://www.anera.org

American Association of Jurists (AAJ) issued a declaration in July 2006 condemning the actions carried out by Israel in Gaza, affecting more than a million Palestinians living there. For further information, visit the web site http://www.aaj.org

Brit Tzedek v’Shalom – Jewish Alliance for Justice & Peace issued a press release on 30 June 2006 calling for the “US leadership to End Gaza Crisis” and immediate involvement in facilitating a cessation of all violence; and another press release on 13 July calling for “the US Intervention to Prevent Full-Scale Arab-Israeli War”. For further information, contact email info@btvshalom.org or visit the web site http://www.btvshalom.org

Brit Tzedek held a Town Hall Conference on 16 July 2006 entitled “The Middle East Crisis in Israel, Gaza and Lebanon” by Daniel Levy, Director of the Policy Planning and International Efforts for the Geneva Initiative-Israel and one of the Israeli drafters of the Geneva Initiative.

Churches for Middle East Peace sent a letter in July to President Bush stating “the escalating violence and regional dimension of the conflict is alarming”. The letter referred to a statement made on 7 July by Patriarchs and Heads of local churches in Jerusalem. For further information, contact email info@cmep.org or visit CMEP’S web site http://www.cmep.org

CMEP issued a press release in July expressing concern by the “Dear Colleague Letter” entitled “Help Save the Oldest Christian Community in the World – Co-Sponsor a resolution recognizing the plight of the Palestinian Christians”. The letter and the accompanying resolution “accuses the Palestinian Authority of systematically persecuting Palestinian Christians and claim that is the major motivation of Christian emigration”.

The Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (CAIA) issued a press release in July informing about the decision of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE – Ontario) to pass resolution 50 with overwhelming support at the largest provincial convention in the union’s history, with the presence of over 900 delegates. Resolution 50 expresses CUPE Ontario’s support for the international campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions until Israel meets its obligations to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with international law. In addition, CUPE with Palestinian solidarity movements and human rights organizations will develop an educational campaign and call for the immediate dismantling of the wall. For further information, contact email endapartheid@riseup.net, knatov@yahoo.com and cupeon@web.net, or visit CUPE’s web site http://www.cupe.on.ca

Fellowship of Reconciliation issued a press release on 17 July 2006 informing that as part of its Interfaith Peace-Builders Programme (IFBP), a delegation will visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The delegation includes members from different religious backgrounds from all over the US. For further information, contact email communications@forusa.org

The Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace (FFIPP) issued a press release on 9 July 2006 entitled “Gaza Emergency” and is circulating a petition to academics and intellectuals entitled “End the escalating violence in Gaza and in the Occupied Palestinian Territories! Start genuine negotiations for a just peace now!” For further information, contact email yoav@educ.umass.edu or visit FFIPP’s web site http://www.ffipp.org

The Foundation for Middle East Peace (FMEP) announced on July 2006 the film “Searching for Peace in the Middle East” by Landrum Bolling. The film portrays the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the voices of Palestinian and Israelis, and describes a common yearning for peace pointing out the way toward a resolution of the conflict.

The Foundation issued its monthly “Report on Israeli Settlement in the Occupied Territory”, with information on “Settler Population Growth” and “Settlement Population East of the Separation Barrier”, which can be viewed on-line. For further information, contact email info@fmep.org or visit the Foundation’s web site http://www.fmep.org

Jewish Voice for Peace issued an action alert on 28 July 2006 and is circulating a petition calling on all parties to stop the violence and stop the collective punishment of Lebanese and Palestinians. For further information, contact email info@jewishvoiceforpeace.org

Let’s Talk Fast is organizing in August 2006 a symbolic fast with the presence of Palestinians, Israelis, Lebanese, Rabbis and Imams in front of the State Department. The motto of the movement is “Stop Killing, Start Talking”. The Washington vigil was anchored by Mohammed Abu-Nimer and Mubarak Awad of NonViolence International, and Edy Kaufman, Professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and joined by Amnesty International. For further information, contact ekaufman@cidcm.umd.edu or Michael@nvintl.net, or visit the web site of Nonviolence International at http://www.nonviolenceinternational.net

Meretz USA held a briefing on 20 July 2006 on the current situation by MK Avshalom (Abu) Vilan from Meretz Party, one of the founders of Peace Now. For further information, contact email mail@meretzusa.org or visit Meretz’s USA web site http://www.meretzusa.org

The National Lawyers Guild issued a statement entitled “The National Lawyers Guild Strongly Condemns Israel’s Crimes against Humanity and Demands Israel to Immediately Halt its Siege on Gaza and End its Efforts at Toppling the Democratically Elected Palestinian Legislative Council”. For further information, contact email monisko@yahoo.com

The Palestine Center held a briefing on 1 August 2006 entitled “Seeds of Crisis: The US, Israel and the Middle East” by Halim Barakat, retired Professor of Society and Culture, Georgetown University; Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief, Inter Press Services; Laurie King-Irani, Social Antropologist, co-founder of Electronic Lebanon and Electronic Intifadah; and Sam Husseini, Communications Director, Institute for Public Accuracy. Experts examined the historical context of the conflict, U.S. policy toward the region, the role of international law and the way this conflict has been portrayed to the public.

The Palestine Center issued the proceedings of the briefing held on 22 June 2004 entitled “Al-Nakba and the Oral History of Palestinians” by Fawwaz Salameh, member of the Palestine Oral History Network. Mr. Salameh has been the legal advisor to a Chicago-based website http://www.PalestineRemembered.org that serves as the biggest online community for Palestinian refugees. For further information, contact email info@palestinecenter.org or visit the Center’s web site http://www.thejerusalemfund.org

The Palestine Center issued the proceedings of the briefing held on 25 July 2006 entitled “The West Bank Wall: Fact and Fiction” and signing of the book, “The West Bank Wall: Unmaking of Palestine” by Ray Dolphin. Mr. Dolphin has worked for over ten years in various UN humanitarian agencies and monitored and compiled reports for three years on the wall’s impact in Palestinian refugee camps, towns and villages.

The Palestine Center issued the transcript “The Changing Political Landscape: Reorganization of Power & Action” by Nathan Brown, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Brown is the author of several books including “Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accord – Resuming Arab Palestine”. His research includes Palestinian politics, legal reform in the modern Middle East and democratization.

The Palestine Center and the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown Univeristy held the second Summer 2006 Film Series “Voices of Palestine”. This annual summer festival highlights recent documentary and feature films from and about the Occupied Palestinian Territory which explore the social, cultural and political complexities of Palestinian life and identity.

The Palestine Center issued the proceedings of the briefing held on 20 July 2006 entitled “Hamas, Its Neighbours and the Quartet” by Nadia Hijab, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the Institute for Palestine Studies.

The Palestine Center held a briefing on 12 July 2006 entitled “Hamas: Past and Present” by John Voll, Professor of Islamic History and Associate Director of the Center for Muslim Christian Understanding at Georgetown University; and Amjad Atallah, President of the Strategic Assessment Initiative.

Religions for Peace’s Secretary General William Vendley issued a statement on 24 July 2006 on the escalation of the conflict in Lebanon and in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The organization will convene in Kyoto, Japan, its Eighth World Assembly with the presence of senior religious leaders to work together to stop violence and build peace. For further information, contact email wvendley@WCPRP.org

Tikkun organized a demonstration in Hartford, CT on 13 July 2006 “to protest the collective punishment of Palestinians in Gaza”. Rabbi Michael Lerner has issued an open letter entitled “Israel has Crossed a Moral Boundary”. For further information, visit Tikkun’s web site http://www.Tikkun.org

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation issued a national “Call-In Day for Immediate Cease-Fire”, requesting to support H.Con.Res. 450, calling for an immediate cease fire in the Middle East and “multi-party negotiations with no preconditions”. On 25 July 2006, several organizations including the US Campaign, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Jewish Voice for Peace, the Council for the National Interest, Partners for Peace, Progressive Democrats of America, United for Peace and Justice, Peace Action, and the American Friends Service Committee organized a national call-in day to Congress to support the resolution H.Con.Res. 450. The Campaign provides a list of current co-sponsors of the resolution. For further information, contact email uscampaign@mail.democracyinaction.org or visit the Campaign’s web site http://www.endtheoccupation.org

The US Campaign will hold its 5th Annual National Organizer’s Conference in Dearborn, MI from 1 to 3 September 2006, hosted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn Student Government.

Europe

Amnesty International issued a press release on 30 June 2006 entitled “Israel/Occupied Territory: Deliberate Attacks a War Crime”, referring “to attacks by the Israeli forces against civilian property and infrastructure and urging Israel to “take urgent measures to remedy the long-term damage it has caused and immediately restore the supply -- at its own cost -- of electricity and water to the Palestinian population in the affected areas”. For further information, contact visit the web site http://www.amnesty.org

Campaign for the Solidarity with Palestine organized a demonstration on 14 July 2006 in front of the Swedish Foreign Ministry forming a human chain at the front gate and delivering a letter of protest to a representative of the Ministry in Stockholm. The next day, the organization established a mock Israeli checkpoint in the city. The Campaign is made up of numerous activists groups. For further information, visit the web site http://www.palsolidarity.org

The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) issued a report on 7 July 2006 entitled “Failing the Palestinian State: The Human Rights Impact of the Economic Strangulation of the Occupied Palestinian Territory”. FIDH conducted a fact-finding mission in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory in July 2006. A report will be prepared on the basis of the findings of the mission. The organization represents 141 human rights organizations around the world. For further information, contact email webmaster@fidh.org or visit FIDH’s web site http://www.fidh.org

FIDH issued an open letter on 27 July 2006 addressed to Mr. Erkki Tuomioja, Foreign Minister of Finland, to all Foreign Ministers of the members of European Union, to Mr. Javier Solana, High Representative of the EU and to Ms. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, EU Commissioner for External Relations, entitled “Deep concern regarding the ongoing serious and degrading situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”. The letter stresses the findings of the fact-finding mission in July 2006. The preliminary note of the mission shows that poverty and unemployment are rising in dramatic proportions in the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank.

FIDH issued a press release on 11 July 2006 informing that the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Hamoked-Center for the Defense of the Individual, B’Tselem, The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel and Gisha – Center for the Legal Protection of Freedom of Movement petitioned the Israeli High Court of Justice for an urgent hearing demanding that the crossing in Gaza be opened for the steady and regular supply of fuel, food, medicine, and equipment.

International Crisis Group issued a report in July 2006 entitled “Israel/Palestine/Lebanon: Climbing Out of the Abyss”; and another report entitled “Palestinians, Israelis and the Quartet: Pulling Back from the Brink”. For further information, visit the web site http://www.crisisgroup.org

Jews for Justice for Palestinians issued a call by Jews in Britain entitled “What is Israel Doing?” The call contains hundreds of signatures. For further information, contact email info@jfjfp.org or visit the web site http://www.jfjfp.org

The National Council of Churches issued a press release on 25 July 2006 entitled “Christian leaders worldwide united in calls for end to Mideast violence”. Christian leaders representing different denominations are joining the National Council of Churches USA in calling for an end to violence in Lebanon, Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. For further information, contact email crsdoug@netvision.net.il

Stop the War Coalition – Edinburgh and Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign issued a press release on 7 August 2006 informing that the organizers of the Edinburgh Film Festival have cancelled an official Israeli Embassy sponsorship of the Festival. Writers, actors and members of the public demanded the financial support be ended. For further information, contact E-Mails: jscottive@aol.com, chair@scottishpsc.org.uk

Latin America

The Institute for Arab Culture has organized a petition against the project of a Free Trade Agreement between the Mercorsur and Israel. The petition collected almost a thousand signatures, including those of several MP’s. This campaign has led to a pronouncement in the Brazilian Congress against the Agreement and an appeal was handed over on 19 July to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and to the President of Brazil. For further information, contact email contato@icarabe.org or visit the Institute’s web site http://www.icarabe.org

The Institute for Arab Culture informed about the creation on 18 July 2006 of the Committee of Solidarity with the Arab Peoples, in support of the Lebanese and Palestinian population, composed of over 80 organizations, including churches, trade unions, political parties, and social organizations. The Committee organized on 21 July 2006, a demonstration with over 3,000 participants, and another demonstration on 6 August with the presence of over 12,000 people, in Sao Paulo. The Committee has initiated a petition addressed to the President of Brazil, opposing the situation in Lebanon and in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and opposing the Free Trade Agreement between Mercosur and Israel. For further information, contact email info@pelapaz.org.br or visit the Committee’s web site http://www.pelapaz.org.br.

Comité Democratico Palestino-Chile organized a demonstration on 15 July 2006 in solidarity with the Palestinian people in Santiago, Chile. The demonstration was attended by several political parties and human rights organizations. For further information, contact email palestina@adssl.tie.ci or correo@palestinalibre.org or visit the Comité’s web site http://www.palestinalibre.org

La Comunidad Palestina de Chile organized a demonstration on 19 July in front of the US Embassy in solidarity with the Palestinian and Lebanese people. For further information, contact email xabueid@gmail.com

Federación Argentino-Palestinas (FEARAB) organized a demonstration and a press conference on 6 July 2006 in support of the Palestinian People, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The demonstration is supported by several social, political organizations and political parties. For further information, contact email tildarabi@yahoo.com.ar or fed_arg_palestina@yahoo.com

Foro Itinerante de Participación Popular and another 12 organizations organized a demonstration on 20 July 2006 for the end of violence in the Gaza Strip, in Caracas, Venezuela. For further information, contact email foroitinerantepp@gmail.com

Africa

The African National Congress Youth League organized a march on 4 August 2006 in support of the Lebanese and Palestinian People, in Cape Town, South Africa. The marchers handled a memorandum to the representatives of the US Embassy in Tokai. There have been also marches in Pretoria and Durban. For further information, contact email maxo@anc.org.za or visit ANC’s web site http://www.anc.org.za/ancinfo.html

Asia

Japan Asian African Latin-American Artist Association will hold an exhibit from 8 to 16 July 2006 entitled “Chase away war from Asia”, at the Metropolitan Museum of Tokyo. 15 Palestinian artists are included in the exhibit. For further information, contact email toshikoxyz@earthlink.net

The King Abdullah II Fund for Development and the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity organized a conference from 20 to 22 June 2006 entitled “Petra II: A World in Danger”, in Petra, Jordan. Heads of State, leaders from religious, public and private sectors, and about two dozen Nobel Prize Laureates gathered to discuss and define their roles in responding to humanitarian emergencies. One of the agenda items included “The Israeli- Palestinian Peace Process and Regional Issues”. For further information, visit the web sites: http://www.kafd.jo or http://www.eliewieselfoundation.org

Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem

Al-Mezan issued an urgent appeal on 10 July 2006 requesting Israel to halt its disproportionate military action in order to prevent a humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. In the press release, Al Mezan expressed concern about the methods of collective punishment, the closure of all crossing points, the targeting of civilian and state property, and the forcible transfer of 27 Palestinian elected legislators. For further information, contact email info@mezan.org or visit the web site; http://www.almezan.org

The Association of International Development Agencies issued a press release on 7 July 2006 signed by 18 NGOS, entitled “Civilians in Gaza in Need of Protection – International Humanitarian Aid Agencies call for immediate and unobstructed access to provide basic human needs”. The international NGOs expressed their concern about the severe impact of recent actions in Gaza, in particular the damage to essential civilian physical infrastructure. The NGOs are: Action contra el Hambre (Palestinian Territories), American Friends Service Committee, Campaign for the Children of Palestine, CARE International, Catholic Relief Services, Comitato Internazionale Per Lo Sviluppo Dei Popoli CISP, Gruppo Volontario Civile (GVC) – Italia, Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC), Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation, Medical Aids for Palestine – UK, Mercy Corps, Mennonite Central Committee, Norwegian Church Aid, Save the Children Sweden, Save the Children UK, Swedish Cooperation Centre, The Lutheran World Federation, and World Vision International. For further information, contact email allyn_dhynes@wvi.org or visit the web sites http://jerusalem-westbank-gaza.worldvision.org or http://www.aida-jer.org.

Badil Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights in cooperation with the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) held a press conference on 4 July 2006 in Jerusalem entitled “Forced Displacement of Palestinians by Israel’s Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory”. The press conference was convened with the presence of Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, former Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Head of the Palestine Mission at the United Nations, and presented the major findings of a new study of the impact of the wall on forced displacement of Palestinian in Jerusalem. For further information, contact email info@badil.org or visit Badil’s web site http://www.badil.org

B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories issued a press release on 10 July 2006 entitled “Gaza and Beirut: Human Rights in the Fire Zone”. The press release expressed concern about the continuation of human rights violations in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The organization also issued another press release on 12 July entitled “Investigate the Killing of Civilians in the Gaza Strip”, concerning the bombing of a three-story building which killed nine persons in one family, including seven children. For further information, visit B’Tselem’s web site http://www.btselem.org

Caritas Jerusalem distributed in July 2006 23 first aid kits to allow physicians living in areas where there are no hospitals to offer on-the-spot emergency medical care to the injured in Gaza. Caritas also took part in a convoy of humanitarian food aid and direct financial assistance to the city and people of Nablus, where commerce had slowed to a virtual halt. The convoy has been organized in coordination with the Governor of Nablus, the Palestinian Authority and religious leaders in Jerusalem. In addition, Caritas Jerusalem’s Medical Center is providing medical care to several areas affected by Israeli incursions. For further information, contact email communication@caritasjr.org or visit Caritas’s web site http://www.cnewa.org

The Civic Coalition for Defending Human Rights in Jerusalem and The Palestinian Popular Committee Against the Apartheid Wall held a conference on 31 July 2006 entitled “The Future of Jerusalem under the Siege of the Wall”. Speakers included: Samir Abu Eisheh, Minister of Planning; Azmi Bishara, MK, Head of the National Democratic Assembly; Bishop Atallah Hanna, Greek Orthodox Patriarchate; Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, former Palestinian Foreign Minister. The first session included the themes: “The Israeli Law as a Tool to Implement Annexation of Jerusalem: the Apartheid Wall Draws the Final Borders of Jerusalem as a Unified Capital for Israel” by Usama Halabi, lawyer; “The Situation of the Land and Housing Factor in the Light of the Construction of the Wall” by Khali Tufakji, Maps and Data Department; The Impact of the Wall on the Health Services of Jerusalem” by Dr. Mamdouh Al Aker, Board Member, Augusta Victoria Hospital and the Palestinian Independent Commission of the Citizen’s Rights. The second session was entitled “The Impact of the Wall on the Economic Situation in Jerusalem” by Azzam Abu Al Su’oud of the Palestinian Chamber of Commerce; “The Impact of the Wall on Education in Jerusalem” by Omar Anbar, the Palestinian Education Directorate in Jerusalem’; and “The Psychological/Social Impact of the Wall” by Rana Nashashibi of the Palestinian Counselling Center. The third session was entitled “Proposed Strategies to Confront the Wall”, at the PA level: Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa; at the political level: Abdul Latif Gheith; at the international level, Jamal Juma; and at the popular level: Sai’d Yaqin. For further information, contact E-Mails: odehz@jwelfare.org or arouria@jwelfare.org and the Palestinian Popular Committee Against the Wall at email jamal@stopthewall.org

The International Solidarity Movement (ISM) issued a press release on 14 July 2006 informing that over 150 Palestinians, Israelis and internationals gathered in Bil’in to celebrate a wedding ceremony as part of a protest against the wall at the construction site. In the press release ISM reported on the last round of settler violence against Palestinians and human rights workers in Hebron. For further information, visit ISM’s web site http://www.palsolidarity.org

Gush Shalom, Ta’ayush, The Women’s Coalition for Peace, Anarchists Against Fences, Yesh Guvul, The Committee Against House Demolition organized a demonstration on 17 July 2006 calling to “Stop the Unilateral Illusion and Stop to Kill Civilians in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza”, in Tel Aviv. For further information, contact email info@gush-shalom.org or visit Gush Shalom’s web site http://www.gush-shalom.org

Israel/Palestine Center for Research & Information (IPCRI) held a briefing on “The Role of the International Community in helping to resolve the current Middle East Crises” by Sholomo Avineri, Professor at Hebrew University and former Director-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the Ambassador Hotel, Jerusalem. For further information, contact email gershon@ipcri.org or visit the web site http://www.ipcri.org or http://www.place4peace.org

IPCRI organized the presentation on 25 July 2006 entitled “The concept of Hudna (Truce) in Islamic Sources” by Mustafa Abu Sway, Professor of Philosophy and Islamic Studies at Al-Quds University, at the Ambassador Hotel, in Jerusalem.

Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committee (PARC) issued a report on 25 July 2007 entitled “A General Framework for the Rural and Agricultural Sector’s Demands”, showing its complex and multi-facet marginalization, which has had consequences and implications on all aspects of rural people’s lives and a study of the social, cultural and economic importance of the countryside and agriculture in the Palestinian life. For further information, contact email ghada@pal-arc.org or visit PARC’s web site http://www.pal-arc.org.

PARC launched in July 2006 the “One Million Tree Project” with the support of the Welfare Association. The project consists of cultivating date palm trees and with the aim to help Palestinians farmers stay on the land and resist land confiscation, as well as to rehabilitate the lands that have been destroyed by the wall. PARC has previously distributed several seedlings to farmers and dug 27 cisterns for collecting the rainwater for irrigation. Presently, PARC is supporting the farmers from the Jordan Valley in cooperation with the women’s club to improve farmers’ income. Prior to implementation PARC held an intensive training course to guide farmers. The project is implemented by three agricultural organizations including PARC, the UAWC and Al-Ahali and under the supervision of the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture.

PARC issued a press release in August 2006 announcing its project “Supporting Small Farmers”, with the cooperation of the Welfare Association and the support of the Arab Fund for Social and Economic Development and the Palestinian Farmers Union (PFU), which aims at building the capacity of the farmer co-operatives and associations to enable them to effectively manage the collective purchase and marketing programme and to insure their access to production inputs, such as fees, irrigation, equipment, seedlings and other agricultural needs. 400 farmers already received support. The project also benefited sheep and goat breeders in Hebron villages and in the Jordan Valley.

Palestinian Environmental NGOs Network (PENGON) issued a press release on 3 July 2006 entitled “Environmental Crisis will Soon Erupt in Gaza”. The press release describes the damage caused to infrastructure as a result of the IDF ground offensive in southern Gaza. For further information, contact email info@pengon.org or visit PENGON’s web site http://www.pengon.org

The Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) issued in July an “Urgent Appeal for Support to Avert Public Health Disaster in the Gaza Strip”. PMRS is seeking to purchase at least four generators to sustain the services of its Gaza health facilities, together with medications, medical and first aid supplies, and to support two additional emergency teams made up of doctors, nurses and health workers, to provide 24-hour emergency response care. PMRS services in the Gaza Strip include four primary health centers, one rehabilitation center, one physiotherapy center and one central pharmacy. For further information, contact email sameh@pmrs.org

The Peres Center for Peace and Panorama -The Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy & Community Development organized a conference on 6 June 2006, in Jordan, with the participation of over 100 Palestinian and Israeli NGOs peace and dialogue groups entitled the Israeli-Palestinian Peace NGO Forum. The conference has been created to impress upon decision makers and the public in Israel and in the Occupied Palestinian Territory that are real partners for peacemaking in both sides and to empower them. This new alliance is strengthening the work for peace, dialogue and human rights. The Forum issued a statement of the platform for strategizing and networking with a view to enhancing their independent and joint working capacities. For further information, contact email panorama@panoramacenter.org or visit the Panorama’s web site http://www.panoramacenter.org

Seeds of Peace organized a gathering with the presence of several dozen Israeli, Palestinian and internationals to discuss Palestinian and Israeli art as part of the Seeds of Peace Café Programme. For further information, visit Seeds of Peace’s web site http://www.seedsofpeace.org

PANORAMA – The Palestinian Center for the Dissemination of Democracy and Community Development organized a conference in June 2006 entitled “On the impasse of the Israeli-Palestinian peace and ways out” as part of the Bringing People Together Group, in Jerusalem. Speakers included: Sari Nusseibi of Al-Quds University, Gershon Baskin and Hanna Siniora of the Israeli-Palestinian Center for Research and Information (IPRC), Walid Salem of Panorama, Bryon Bland of Stanford University, Eddy Kaufman of Hebrew University and Ziad Abou Zayyad. For further information, contact email panorama@panoramacenter.org or visit Panorama’s web site http://panoramacenter.org

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), together with several Israeli peace and human rights organizations issued an urgent appeal in July 2006 to raise funds to aid Palestinian hospitals. PHR is also handling individual cases of patients from the Occupied Palestinian Territory who have no permits to enter Israel for urgent treatment, or patients that cannot pay for their treatment. PHR issued a press release on 6 July with a summary of “PHR-Activities Regarding the Situation in the Gaza Strip”. For further information, contact email shabtai@phr.org.il or visit PHR’s web site http://www.phr.org.il

Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Thelogy, Young’s Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of Palestine, the East Jerusalem YMCA, Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees, Near East Council of Churches (NECC) Gaza, Caritas Jerusalem and The International Christian Committee – ICC Jerusalem issued a statement on 7 August 2006 regarding the current situation in Lebanon and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. For further information, contact email crsdoug@netvision.net or visit the web site http://www.shepherdsfieldymca.org

Stop the Wall issued a press release on 12 July 2006 entitled: “Defend Izbit at-Tabib from Expulsion!” The village, located near Qalqilya in the West Bank, has received orders for demolition of 20 houses out of a total of 40 houses, including the village clinic and kindergarten, to create a buffer zone for the wall. 40% of the land of the village has been confiscated for the construction of the wall. For further information, visit the Stop the Wall’s web site http://www.stopthewall.org

Women in Black – Israel issued a call in July 2006 calling sister vigils throughout the world to end the Israeli occupation and begin negotiations for peace and justice. Vigils are planned in several cities around the world. For further information, contact email gsvirsky@netvision.net.il

World Vision Jerusalem issued a press statement and a call for action on 2 August 2006 by 28 international NGOs on the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip and calling for an immediate cease-fire. The statement also included a background information on the humanitarian activities of NGOs in the Strip and a contact list of heads of NGOs that conducted assessments visits on 27 July in Gaza. For further information, contact email allyn_dhynes@wwi.co or visit World Vision’s web site http://jerusalem-west-bank-gaza.worldvision.org

United Nations

The Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People will hold the United Nations International Conference of Civil Society in Support of the Palestinian People on 7 and 8 September 2006, at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland. The conference will focus on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and related civil society action. Its aim is to provide civil society organizations from all regions of the world with an opportunity to discuss the situation on the ground, promote their current programmes, develop action-oriented proposals in support of the Palestinian people and coordinate their activities. For further information, visit the web site maintained by the Division for Palestinian Rights: http://www.un.org/depts/dpa/ngo/index.html

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