Sunday, December 31, 2017

NGO Action News - 29 December 2017

Dear friends, 
This week's NGO Action News has just been published. The newsletter summarizes activities undertaken or planned by civil society organisations across the globe as well as UN action on the question of Palestine over the week. Please feel free to inform us about your activities and publications by emailing us at and to forward this newsletter to your supporters. We welcome your organization's contributions, questions or comments. 
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Middle East
·        On 26 December, the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) organized in Gaza the conference “Promotion of the Right toHealth and Access to Healthcare”. The event highlighted the challengesfaced by Gazans in need of medical treatment outside the Strip, includingattempts to recruit as informants patients who depend on Israeli permits toaccess medical services.

·        On 24 December, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) published an overview, providing updatedinformation and analysis of legislative initiatives introduced in the IsraeliKnesset.

North America
·        On 24 December, PalestineLegal director Dima Khalidi and Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalididiscussed with Estee Chandler, host of the KPFK radio programme “Middle East inFocus”, the implications of the recent U.S. decision on Jerusalem.

·        Regarding the position ofGuatemala and Honduras on the status of Jerusalem, Chile’s DíarioUChilepublished on 29 December an interview with Rafael Araya Masry, President of theConfederaciónPalestina de América Latina y del Caribe (COPLAC). In a letter dated 26 December, COPLAC called onGuatemala’s President Jimmy Morales to rescind the decision to move toJerusalem its embassy to Israel. 

·       From20 to 22 December, the Chinese government hosted in Beijing a high-levelmeeting between Israeli and Palestinian delegations, organized in partnershipwith the track two diplomacy Geneva Initiative. Asreported in the Jerusalem Post on 27 December, discussionsresulted in a policy paper outlining steps to reignite the peace process andachieve a two-State solution.

·        On 28 December, OCHA released itsoverview of trends affecting humanitarian needs in the OPT over the last yearand published early warning indicators to monitor the evolution of the crisis inGaza, triggerhumanitarian action and prevent further deterioration.

·        At an event to close the 16Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign on 10 December, UN Women launched audio-visualmaterials highlighting the specific impact of the blockade on women in Gaza. Featuringthe personal stories of seven women, the materials show the importance of ensuring that the needs, contributions and capacities of womenand girls are taken into consideration in all aspects of the humanitarian response.

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