Situation of Palestinian Refugees in Gaza Worsens

 DRAH | Aug 29, 2014
Gaza,(–The number of displaced Palestinain refugees staying in UNRWA shelters is 52,235. 60 shelters remain open. Over the next couple of days UNRWA is expecting the IDP numbers to stabilize.It is still premature to draw conclusions regarding the number of IDPs who would opt to remain in UNRWA shelters for a longer period of time as their homes are uninhabitable, and those that may be able to return to their homes or seek alternative shelter options, such as staying with host families.

and plans resumption of full core programme activities if the situation on the ground stabilizes, notably education. UNRWA expects 241,000 students in 252 schools, which are largely run on a double-shift basis, with one school of students and teachers in the morning and one in the afternoon.

The Agency’s two vocational training centers in Gaza City and Khan Younis called for applications to provide for continued vocational training in the coastal enclave. In line with the Agency’s emergency education plan, work is ongoing to complete self-study materials and UNRWA teachers are being trained on psychosocial support.

UNMAS reassessed 28 installations for unexploded ordnance (UXO), with two of them requiring further work as there is possibly UXO in them. UNRWA staff began cleaning UXO cleared schools in the North to prepare for resumption of the new school year in coordination with the Ministry of Education.

The European Union (link is external) welcomed the ceasefire, noting that “a sustainable agreement should address all the root causes of the conflict and bring fundamental change to the situation in Gaza. The socio-economic conditions should be improved by ending the Gaza closure regime. The Palestinian government of national consensus, under the leadership of President Abbas, should exercise effective administration of the Gaza Strip. Hamas and other militant groups must stop all threats to Israel.

A durable peace can only be achieved through the resumption of the Middle East peace process, leading to a two state solution.” The statement also confirms that the European Union was ready to contribute to a lasting solution.

The cumulative death toll among Palestinians is at least 2,104, according to preliminary data collected by the Protection Cluster from various sources, including 377 persons who could not yet be identified or their status established. Of the initially verified cases, 1,462 are believed to be civilians, including 495 children and 253 women, and 265 members of armed groups.

Approximately 25 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel have reportedly been killed in Gaza by armed groups since 21 August. They are not included in the above death toll.

Past 24 hours: Hamas staged two rallies in Gaza City and in Shejaya, East Gaza City, reportedly attended by thousands of people claiming victory over Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu also claimed victory over Hamas, reportedly saying (link is external) that Israel did not agree to accept any of Hamas’ demands.

UNRWA health services are an essential lifeline for Palestinians, providing primary health care and referral to secondary and tertiary services. During times of emergency, UNRWA health services are extended to all Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. On average, some 70 per cent of UNRWA health staff continued reporting to work, including at the height of hostilities, risking their lives and leaving their own families to provide health care to Palestinians in need of assistance.

The commitment of UNRWA health staff to continue serving Palestinians even during the most difficult days of the conflict is highly commendable

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Right to Resist

81 Notre Dame Law Review1275 (2006). Conducting an in-depth study of the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, and also discussing other genocides, this article details the inadequacy of many of the international community’s response to genocides, such as “targeted sanctions” or international peacekeeping forces. Examining international legal authorities such as the Genocide Convention, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Court of Justice, the article demonstrates that groups which are being subjected to genocide have a legal right of self-defense. International treaties, Security Council arms embargoes, or national gun control laws cannot lawfully be enforced in a manner which prevents self-defense resistance to a genocide in progress, because under international law, the prohibition against any form of complicity in genocide takes legal precedence over lesser laws.
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Since 1937 (Pre)Israel terrorism commits ongoing massacres in Palestine. Violent genocide, but the least known, silent genocide causing excess death by deliberate racist policies of deprivation. The same deprivation which according the Israeli narrative have cost 1/6 of Jewish Holocaust victims (1 of 6 million). The cost in human lives by avoidable mortality for the sake of the creation of Israel according to research (by Dr. Gideon Polya) in Palestine and neighboring countries is 24 million lives.



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