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1 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 East Jerusalem Humanitarian Overview June 2010 East Jerusalem Humanitarian Overview June 2010

2 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 The Planning Crisis in East Jerusalem

3 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune Jerusalem – Restricted space BARRIER Constructed Under construction Planned E1 project Palestinian built-up area Settlement

4 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 Shrinking Space for Palestinians in E. Jerusalem Restrictive planning Restrictive permit regime Shortfall of about 1,100 HU/year

5 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 Building Conditions in East Jerusalem Palestinian construction severely limited: Reduced space for development of communities No construction in green or unplanned areas Detailed plan necessary for permit Public infrastructure required Plot ratio limits in planned areas High fees to obtain a permit Reduced space for development of communities

6 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 House Demolitions in East Jerusalem 100 demolitions a year (av.) > 1,500 pending orders > 60,000 vulnerable

7 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune # Demolition site and no. of people displaced between 1 January and 23 April Threatened Houses Tel Al Foul 75 threatened houses, inhabitants Sheikh Jarrah Eviction orders: 28 houses, 500+ inhabitants Al Bustan 90 threatened houses, 1000 inhabitants Wadi Yasul 50 threatened houses, 400 inhabitants Al Abbasiya 34 threatened apartments, 242 inhabitants

8 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 East Jerusalem, Silwan-Al Bustan

9 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 East Jerusalem, Sheikh Jarrah Settler attempts to take over land for expansion/ new settlements. Land/property expropriated by court order, in contravention of international law. Plans to build over 540 residential units and public/commercial buildings for settlers. Over 50 Palestinian residents forcibly evicted Estimated 500 at risk of displacement Al-Kurd Ghawi OCHA Office Hannoun Kubbania Um Haroun

10 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 East Jerusalem

11 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 Displacement and Eviction in 2009 & AdultsChildrenTotal Q-1-East Jerusalem 257 Eviction from Sheikh Jarrah Q-14 Q-2-East Jerusalem AdultsChildrenTotal East Jerusalem Eviction from Sheikh Jarrah 53 Total:

12 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 Blocked access of West Bank residents to vital services in East Jerusalem Communities and land dislocated Economic and Cultural decline Residency rights at jeopardy Unemployment and poverty Poor living conditions Displacement Humanitarian Impact of the Barrier in EJ

13 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 The Barrier in East Jerusalem Started in June 2002 after an escalation of suicide bombings- issue is the route

14 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 The Barrier WEST BANK Constructed 58% (413 km) Under Construction 10% (73 km) Planned 32% (223 km) Green Line Total Length: 709 km Within the West Bank 85%

15 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 East Jerusalem: Checkpoints for West Bank ID holders Qalandiya Olives Gilo

16 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 Restricted Access Al-Ram/East Jerusalem – Formal commercial area

17 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 Access to Health All Jerusalem ID holders / West Bank and Gaza residents Permits & access for West Bank patients, staff & ambulances to East Jerusalem hospitals Problems of access for Jerusalem residents who live outside Barrier Access problems within East Jerusalem due to ambulance escorts (ICRC/PRCS/MADA agreement) Access to West Bank/Jerusalem hospitals for dislocated communities

18 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 Access to Education Permits & access for West Bank teachers /students to Jerusalem Classroom shortage in Municipal system / Demolition / sealing of Al Waqf schools Estimated 5-10,000 pupils not enrolled / high dropout rate Access to West Bank/Jerusalem schools for dislocated communities

19 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 Residency rights Revocation of social benefits & Jerusalem ID cards Family reunification Registration of children Municipal boundary vs. Barrier boundary

20 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 Dislocated communities & isolated land West Bank Palestinian communities on Jerusalem side of Barrier East Jerusalem communities on West Bank side of the Barrier West Bank communities severed from their previously close ties to Jerusalem West Bank land isolated on Jerusalem side of Barrier

21 UNITED NATIONS Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs occupied Palestinian territory HUMANITARIAN OVERVIEWJune 2010 Conclusions Humanitarian and economic recovery impeded by: Barrier built in the WB, dividing East Jerusalem Restrictive planning Restricted access and lack of control over space Bethlehem Barrier Crossing 2008


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