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Source: Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)
28 February 2010

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
occupied Palestinian territory

February 2010


West Bank: Further increase in Palestinian injuries • Wave of arrests of children • Demolitions and demolition orders in Area C and East Jerusalem • Food distribution targeting herder communities in Area C.

Gaza: Violence and casualties • The Gaza blockade continues; increases seen in agricultural imports • The continuing electricity crisis • Cooking gas imports • Coping with the lack of building materials • Restrictions on movement in and out of Gaza remain unchanged.

Across the occupied Palestinian territory: Child Protection Box • Humanitarian access update • Consolidated Appeals update.

    Since early December 2009, Palestinians from the villages of An Nabi Saleh and Deir Nidham (Ramallah), together with Israeli and international activists, have been held weekly protests against the persistent restrictions by Israeli settlers from Hallamish settlement on their access to farming land. Since 2000, Israeli settlers have taken over approximately 3,000 dunums of land privately owned by 20-25 Palestinian farmers from these villages by planting various crops and trees and continuously obstructing the access of Palestinian farmers. Only during the last three years have farmers been able to access their land, mainly during the olive harvest season. While the Israeli DCL recognizes that the land is owned by Palestinians, it requires from the the farmers to coordinate every access in advance, a requirement that has been rejected by the farmers.

    Most demonstrations (eleven as of the end of February) have evolved into clashes with the Israeli army, resulting in the injury of 27 Palestinians (including two children) and three international activists, mostly with rubber-coated metal bullets, and the injury of two Israeli soldiers with stones. Moreover, according to An Nabi Saleh village council, 12 people have so far been detained in the demonstrations, one of whom remains in custody, while several others paid bails between 7,500 and 15,000 NIS.

    In January 2010, the Israeli army demolished the homes of 100 Palestinians, including 34 children, from the community of Khirbet Tana, located in an area of the Nablus governorate that has been declared closed by the Israeli military for training purposes, or a “firing zone”. In addition to the recent demolitions, in December 2009 and January 2010, the Israeli army also confiscated all the tractors used by the community for their agricultural work, on the grounds that they were located in a “closed military area”. The five tractors were held until the community was able to pay a fine of some 7,800 NIS.6

    Along with support provided to the community in the immediate aftermath of the demolitions (see January Humanitarian Monitor), in February, the Palestinian Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA) transferred the first payment of 10,000 NIS to the Municipality of Beit Furik (the services hub for the community of Kirbet Tana) as a contribution to the reconstruction of the community’s school. In the meantime, a tent provided by the Palestinian Ministry of Local Government is being used for classes.

    In addition, UNICEF, through its partner organization YMCA, and Islamic Relief are continuing to provide support to the residents in the form of psychosocial counseling and in-kind assistance, including fodder and water tanks. In addition, CARE international has provided veterinary kit to livestock.

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