unrwa

Throwback Thursday to 1966: A refugee mother brings her child to an UNRWA maternal and child health clinic for a regular check-up.

UNRWA, the United Nations agency for Palestine refugees, was established in 1949 and provides assistance and protection for more than 5 million Palestine refugees. UNRWA provides vital support to those most in need – from education, health care, relief and social services, to microfinance and emergency assistance.

📷: UN Photo

#ThrowbackThursday #WithRefugees

UNRWA demands end to tunnel building under its schools - Gaza - 30 October 2017

Palestinian militants must stop building tunnels under Gaza schools, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees said this weekend as it made public the presence of a new tunnel under one of its schools.
UNRWA said it first discovered “what appeared to be a tunnel” under one of its schools on October 15. It sealed the tunnel, reopened the school on October 25th and reported on it to the press on Saturday.
“The presence of a tunnel underneath an UNRWA installation, which enjoys inviolability under international law, is unacceptable. It places children and agency staff at risk,” the organization said in a press statement.
“The Agency again demands full respect for the neutrality and inviolability of United Nations premises at all times. Any activities or conduct that put beneficiaries and staff alike at risk, and undermine the ability of UNRWA staff to provide assistance to Palestinian refugees in safety and security, must cease,” UNRWA said.
Israel has long warned that Hamas, which controls Gaza, hides military installations, tunnels and weapons under schools and hospitals in the strip. The terror group has increasingly focused on the construction of concrete tunnels to launch attacks against Israel.
In June, UNRWA similarly reported that it had discovered a tunnel that passed under two of its primary schools that had already closed for the summer. The tunnel has similarly been sealed.
“Hamas is using the UNRWA facilities to build a network of terror,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nachshon. “We are glad that UNRWA noticed what we have been telling them for years,” he said.

Just when you think you are safe…No, you aren’t.
IOF knows, media knows, we know that these UN schools and shelters had nothing to do with Hamas. Still IOF goes on bombing them and killing hundreds of innocent children and the only thing you can see on the media is “more terrorists killed - Israel extends operation protective edge”…what TERRORISTS?! If I was born in Gaza, would you count me as a terrorist?

– Founded in 1957 just south of the Syrian capital of Damascus, the Yarmouk refugee camp was home to approximately 150,000 Palestinian refugees prior to the outbreak of the Syrian civil war in 2011. Today, there are approximately 18,000 Palestinian refugees and Syrians remaining in Yarmouk, including approximately 3,500 children. The rest have fled to other parts of Syria or neighboring countries such as Jordan and Lebanon.


– Yarmouk has been besieged by the Syrian army since late 2012, when rebels fighting to overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad occupied the camp, causing starvation and disease. At least 200 Palestinians and Syrians have starved to death in Yarmouk as a result. On April 6, 2015, the UN warned that residents were subsisting on approximately 400 calories a day, out of a needed 2,000.


– On April 1, 2015, fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) launched an assault on Yarmouk, taking control of most of the camp within a few days, reportedly beheading two of the camp’s Palestinian defenders amidst fears of wider atrocities. Additionally, the Syrian armed forces reportedly began dropping “barrel bombs” on Yarmouk on April 5 in an effort to stop ISIS’ advance on Damascus.


– The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has been unable to deliver desperately needed supplies since the fighting began on April 1. According to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness: “That means that there is no food, there is no water and there is very little medicine… The situation in the camp is beyond inhumane.”


– The violence in Yarmouk highlights the dire situation that Palestinians in Syria face as they attempt to navigate the complex political realities of the country and the unrest that has ravaged it over the last four years. According to the UN, approximately 220,000 Syrians have been killed since 2011, including more than 76,000 in 2014 alone. Estimates of the number of Palestinians killed vary. According to Palestinian officials, between 1,000 and 1,300 Palestinians have been confirmed killed, with about the same number missing and unaccounted for, while The Action Group for Palestinians of Syria puts the number of Palestinian fatalities at 2725.


– Prior to the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, there were approximately 526,000 Palestinian refugees in Syria, living in nine official and three unofficial camps run by the UNRWA, the largest of which was Yarmouk.


– Most of the Palestinian refugees in Syria, including Yarmouk, arrived in the country after being expelled from their homes during Israel’s creation in 1948. Most are originally from the northern part of Mandate Palestine, mainly from Safad, Haifa, and Jaffa. For nearly seven decades, Israel has denied them their internationally-recognized right to return, as enshrined in Resolution 194, passed by the UN General Assembly in December 1948, which stipulated: “refugees wishing to return to their homes and live at peace with their neighbours should be permitted to do so at the earliest practicable date.”

anonymous asked:

Some of my friends are not very keen with refugees. They think the (Assyrian)refugees should fight the wars for their country's sake. Some aren't aware that there is a UN conference proceedings in 1951and 1967 that countries taking on refugees is basing their actions on or that as part of the EU there are some responsibilities a country need to take. How can I go about building a strong case to get them to seriously and objectively analze the issue?

You can start by familiarizing yourself with the work of organizations dedicated to assisting refugees like UNHCR, and other UN agencies like UNRWA, UNESCO, UNOPS, UNDP and UNICEF, or NGOs, like Save the Children, the International Refugee Committee or the Norwegian and Danish Refugee Council. Given the particular character of refugees as people who lack the protection of their own countries, the High Commissioner for Refugees & UNHCR was established as a legal entity to mediate on their behalf. Refugees are in many cases the most marginalized groups in our society so it’s vital that we break that isolation and build meaningful connections. By learning more about refugees’ experiences, your friends can also learn to relate to refugees as friends, colleagues and valuable members of our communities.   

It’s essential to build both an intellectual and moral case for the world to act because Education Cannot Wait!

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Let’s talk about Rania Al Abdullah the queen of Jordan and a few of her accomplishments 

-Launched a public/private initiative aimed at refurbishing 500 of Jordan’s public schools over a five year period

-Developed “The Jordan river Children Program” which places children’s welfare above political agendas and cultural taboos

-Worked alongside Nelson Mandela to improve welfare for children and spent time working hands-on with kids in South Africa to help encourage literacy 

-Wrote several children’s books including a 2010 New York Times Best Seller

-Named UNICEF’s first Eminent Advocate for Children in 2007

-Is a vocal speaker and activist for feminism

-Became the Honorary Global Chair of the United Nations Girl’s Education Initiative in 2009

-Wrote this excerpt encouraging women all over the world to step up and play a more dominant role in society and politics 

-Is an active advocate of “Girl Up”, a UN campaign focused on educating, empowering, and protecting millions of girls around the world

-Outspoken in her support for Palestine and Palestinian refugees through her support of “UNRWA”

-Helps break down stereotypes and prejudice against the Middle East and Islam in general 

-Has been very active in social media for many years and believes in the future of creating social change through online interaction 

anonymous asked:

How are Palestinians treated badly by Arabs??

Yes Palestinians are treated badly by Arabs. The only Arab countries that treats Palestinians fairly (That I know of) are Yemen, Sudan, and Algeria.

I lived in Egypt for 5 years and witnessed/experienced some disgusting harassment, on the border between Gaza and Egypt we would be treated like a flock of sheep in a slaughterhouse and with government officials whenever we wanted to renew our residency permit in Egypt we had to bribe some so they won’t blackmail us by revoking our residency permit and post Mubarak Era whenever we visit Egypt and someone asked us about our nationality we lie and tell them we are Lebanese to avoid confrontation.

All Arab countries:

Palestinians are not allowed to become citizens of Arab countries, in accordance with Arab League Decree 1547 for 1959, “in order to preserve the Palestinian entity and Palestinian identity.” Even in Jordan they can no longer become citizens.

Palestinians face severe travel restrictions throughout the Arab world. They do not receive passports and their travel documents are only accepted by a few countries.

Palestinians cannot vote or run for office in national elections.

Children born to Palestinians do not get citizenship in their host countries, violating Article 7 of the

Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Jordan:

1967: Jordan refused to allow Gazans who came after the Six Day War to become Jordanian citizens.

Today some 165,000 Palestinians in Jordan cannot become citizens and get no government services.

1970: 3500-5000 Palestinians killed and 20,000 Palestinians expelled, their camps demolished, in the Black September events.

1988: Jordan revoked citizenship for millions of West Bank Palestinians as they declared “independence.” As usual, this move was justified as being for their own good.

2010: Jordan continued to revoke citizenship for thousands more Palestinians

2012: Jordan passed an electoral law that effectively limits the number of Palestinian members of Parliament to less than 10%

2013: Jordan places Palestinian refugees from Syria in special camps that they cannot leave, separate from other refugees, and turns hundreds or thousands back to Syria.

2014: Palestinians who are citizens are still denied equal rights in the military, and on getting college scholarships and being admitted to some public universities, among other areas.

Egypt:

1948: Placed all Palestine refugees that reached Egypt into camps, forced men to go back to Palestine to fight.

1949: Expelled all Palestinian from Egyptian camps into Gaza. Very few Palestinian Arabs were left in Egypt.

1950: Egypt refused any UNRWA presence on its territory, relegating it to Gaza.

1949 - 1956: Any Palestinians in Egypt were barred from schooling and employment.

2013: Hundreds of Palestinian refugees from Syria

placed into jail as they try to enter Egypt

2013-now: Egypt has effectively closed the Rafah border with Gaza, even limiting hospital patients from traveling, effectively imprisoning 1.7 million Gazans.

Lebanon:

1950-58: Would only issue one-way travel documents for Palestinians to leave the country

1962: Palestinians classified as “foreigners”: 73 job categories banned for Palestinians until 2010; now there are “only” 50 jobs off limits. They are still banned from working as physicians, journalists, pharmacists or lawyers.They are not permitted to build new houses or own property, or even to repair their homes. 

Martial law imposed on refugee camps. Army stops people from entering and exiting.

Limitations on schools for Palestinian “foreigners” Not allowed to live outside refugee camps, which in turn are not allowed to grow. Population of camps is now triple capacity. 

Palestinians not allowed to create organizations.

1975-78: At least 5000 Palestinians killed in Lebanese civil war

1985-88: Thousands killed in “War of the Camps”

1995: Law prohibiting Palestinians from entering country without a visa; and visas weren’t issued. Those expelled from Gulf states could not return to Lebanon. (Law repealed in 1999.)

2005: Specific laws prohibiting foreigners who are not “nationals of a recognized state” - Palestinians - from owning property. Those who owned it previously cannot pass it to their children.

2007: 31,000 Palestinians homeless because while Lebanese Army destroyed Nahr el Bared camp

2013: Some 50,000 refugees from Syria treated differently from other Syrian refugees; expensive temporary short-term visas effectively make them criminals

2013: Lebanon starts turning some Palestinian Syrian refugees away at the border

Kuwait:

1991: 400,000 Palestinians

were harassed and forced out of the country.

Libya:

1994-5: Expelled 30,000 Palestinians, dismissed many from their jobs and confiscated their houses

Arab countries refused to take in the new refugees. Hundreds were stranded in the desert or the sea. Eventually Libya allowed some to stay but kept threatening to expel them again. In the end about 15,000 were forced to go to Arab countries they had documents for, Gulf countries, and Western nations.

2011: Palestinians were forced to pay a special tax of $1550.

2012: Many Palestinians lost their homes as properties were claimed by others in the wake of the revolution and the collapse of the judicial system.

2014: Banned Palestinians from entering in what is billed as a temporary move, because they say Palestinians are involved in terror groups.

Iraq:

2005: After Saddam Hussein lost power, Palestinians in Iraq were subjected to

abduction, hostage-taking, killing and torture

from armed groups. Politicians derided them. About

15,000

were forced to leave Iraq. Thousands were stranded in camps in the desert between Iraq and Syria, where no Arab country would allow them to enter.

Qatar:

1994: Refused to grant Palestinians work visas.

Syria:

1970: Palestinians cannot vote, cannot run for office, cannot own farmland, cannot own more than one property..

2005-2008: Syria did not allow thousands of Palestinian Arab refugees fleeing from Iraq to enter the country.

2012-today: Some

2000 Palestinians killed so far in Syria’s war. About 50 have starved to death as forces cut off all food and water to the Yarmouk camp.

anonymous asked:

What's wrong with Israel?

literally everything? “”israel“” is the stolen land of palestine? “”israel“” kills thousands of people, most of them civilians (a lot of them are children), they demolish people’s homes, imprison the innocent. palestians’ movements are restricted by the israelis. palestinians literally have no human rights or whatsoever?

here are some statistics:

“The majority of these [Palestinian] children were killed and injured while going about normal daily activities, such as going to school, playing, shopping, or simply being in their homes. Sixty-four percent of children killed during the first six months of 2003 died as a result of Israeli air and ground attacks, or from indiscriminate fire from Israeli soldiers.”

- Catherine Cook

“With no shooting from the Palestinian side, and often little or no use of tear gas to disperse the protests, Israeli soldiers have repeatedly fired live ammunition into unarmed crowds.”

- Shoot to Maim

“Since the October War in 1973, Washington has provided Israel with a level of support dwarfing the amounts provided to any other state. It has been the largest annual recipient of direct U.S. economic and military assistance since 1976 and the largest total recipient since World War ll. Total direct U.S. aid to Israel amounts to well over $140 billion in 2003 dollars. Israel receives about $3 billion in direct foreign assistance each year, which is roughly one-fifth of America’s entire foreign aid budget. In per capita terms, the United States gives each Israeli a direct subsidy worth about $500 per year. This largesse is especially striking when one realizes that Israel is now a wealthy industrial state with a per capita income roughly equal to South Korea or Spain.”

- John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt
“The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy”

“Aside from the core issues—refugees, Jerusalem, borders—the major themes reflected in the U.N. resolutions against Israel over the years are its unlawful attacks on its neighbors; its violations of the human rights of the Palestinians, including deportations, demolitions of homes and other collective punishments; its confiscation of Palestinian land; its establishment of illegal settlements; and its refusal to abide by the U.N. Charter and the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.”

- Donald Neff

“Since the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory in 1967, more than 800,000 Palestinians have been detained under Israeli military orders in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). This number constitutes approximately 20 percent of the total Palestinian population in the oPt and as much as 40 percent of the total male Palestinian population… 8,000 Palestinian children have been arrested since 2000.”

- Addameer

“Any humanitarian looking at the sheer number of innocent civilians who have lost their homes can only condemn Israel’s house demolition policy as a hugely disproportionate military response by an occupation army… It is a policy that creates only hardship and bitterness, and in the end can only undermine hope for future reconciliation and peace.”

- Peter Hansen, Commissioner General of UNRWA

“Roughly 30,000 Gazans lost jobs because of last summer’s July-August conflict, according to Frode Mauring, the U.N. Development Program’s special representative for Gaza and the West Bank. The war cost Gaza $200 million in economic losses, causing the Palestinian economy to contract for the first time since 2006, the International Monetary Fund said in late January.”

- Huffington Post

these statistics were last updated on june 26th, 2015
source: (x)

last year, on july 8th, israel attacked gaza for 50 days straight
here are some statistics:

palestinians killed: 2139
palestinian children killed: 490
israeli soldiers killed: 64
israeli civilians killed: 6
israeli children killed: 1
palestinians wounded: 11000
palestinian children wounded: 3000
gaza residents displaced: up to 500000
homes destroyed in gaza: 20000

source: (x)

and if you want to know more about the attack on gaza last year you should read this

here’s some articles about israelis watching gaza being attacked as if it’s a movie night: (x), (x) and (x)

now let’s also watch a lil video about what israelis are teaching their children:

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Infographic by Michal Vexler: “Divide and Conquer. The Palestinian people may share one national identity, but they are divided by Israel into several different citizenship categories, each one with a different set of rights and restrictions:

  • Israel: Palestinians living within the ‘48 borders. Full Israeli citizenship. Vote for parliament, freedom of movement, equal rights under law, de-facto discrimination. Population: 1,413,500.
  • East Jerusalem: Palestinians living in Jerusalem neighborhoods conquered in 1967. Israeli residency, no citizenship. De-facto discrimination, freedom of movement, no right to repatriate after leaving Israel. 208,000.
  • West Bank: Palestinians living in area conquered in 1967. No citizenship, subject to martial law. Restricted freedom of movement. Discrimination by law. 2,361,000.
  • Gaza Strip: Palestinians living in Gaza Strip. No citizenship, under siege, separated from other Palestinians. 1,562,000
  • Refugees: Palestinians who were exiled in 1948 and their descendants, living mostly in Jordan, others in Lebanon and Syria - 436,000. Registered as refugees with UNRWA, and have no citizenship - 487,000. 1,980,000 [total].

Spatial Separation:

  • Refugees: Some people in this category were born in Palestine, but their return to their land, even for a visit, is rigorously denied.
  • Palestinians with Israeli citizenship/residency: Like their Jewish counterparts, they enjoy freedom of movement in the entire area controlled by Israel apart from the Gaza Strip, from which they are banned, even if they are journalists. In addition, they are prohibited by law from visiting enemy states, namely - the vast majority of the Middle East.
  • Palestinians in the West Bank: Their freedom of movement is restricted even inside the West Bank: access to settlement areas, the Jordan Valley and vast areas in Area C (making up 60% of the West Bank) is scrutinized and subject to a complex permit system. The only way they can go abroad is by driving to Jordan through Israeli-controlled border crossings.
  • Residents of Gaza: The Gaza Strip is under siege. Palestinians living in this area are completely prevented from leaving it - including into the West Bank, Egypt (due to agreements between Egypt and Israel), and the Mediterranean Sea, beyond a 5.5-km-wide fishing strip.” 

UN spokesman Chris Guinness breaks down talking about Israel’s genocide of Palestinians

Mr Gunness, a former BBC reporter now working for the UN’s Relief and Works Agency, had spent the day examining evidence and describing yet another attack on one of its sites.

Israeli tank shells had slammed into a school sheltering some 3,300 homeless Gazans, killing 16 refugees - including children - and staff, provoking world wide horror.

Mr Gunness condemned the attack, ending: “The rights of Palestinians - even their children - are wholesale denied. And it’s appalling.”

For a moment, he keeps his cool. He blinks hard and looks relieved the interview has ended.

He squeezes out a brief thank you to his interviewer, saying “My pleasure” in a shaky voice.

Then it is all too much. He presses his hand to his eyes and breaks into sobs.

A colleague rushes to comfort him as the camera is pushed away, while the sound of wailing anguish grows.

(via The Telegraph)