Archive for July 3rd, 2018

03/07/2018

Palestinian Bedouin Community Faces Demolition after Israeli Court Ruling, Warns UN Human Rights Office

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A Palestinian Bedouin community is under threat from a demolition order within days, to make way for Israeli settlement expansion, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, on 3 July 2018 warned.

UNRWA/Alaa Ghosheh | Many Bedouin and herding communities in Area C of the West Bank are prevented from improving or building shelters by the Israeli authorities.(file)
Spokesperson Liz Throssell said that the imminent destruction of buildings used by Khan al Ahmar al Helu residents comes after the Israeli High Court ruled against any further delay.
03/07/2018

The Psychology of Splitting, Traumatizing, and Abusing Families

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By Diane Perlman, PhD*

2 July, 2018  – TRANSCEND Media Service — Mental health professionals are gravely concerned about the known effects of the cruel and inhumane policy of tearing children away from their parents who have made extraordinary sacrifices to protect them. We are horrified as we helplessly witness our government inflicting psychological damage upon vulnerable people.

Families Belong Together Rally, Washington, DC June 30, 2018. Photo by Diane Perlman

Forced separations are a form of child abuse, psychological torture, reckless endangerment, reckless indifference, cruel and unusual punishment, and a crime against humanity. This catastrophic policy, doing great harm and no good, qualifies as “political malpractice.”

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03/07/2018

Yemen: “Peace Is the Only Way Forward”

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By Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director*

GENEVA/NEW YORK/AMMAN/SANAA, 3 July 2018 (UNICEF)* “The relentless conflict in Yemen has pushed a country already on the brink deep into the abyss. Social services are barely functional. The economy is in ruins. Prices have soared. Hospitals have been damaged. Schools have turned into shelters or have been taken over by armed groups.

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore interacts with children at the child friendly space at the Alqatee'a Health Centre in Aden, Yemen. 25 June 2018
UNICEF/UN0219820 | UNICEF Executive Director Henriette H. Fore interacts with children at the child friendly space at the Alqatee’a Health Centre in Aden, Yemen. 25 June 2018

“I have just come from Aden and Sanaa and I saw what three years of intense war after decades of underdevelopment and chronic global indifference can do to children: Taken out of school, forced to fight, married off, hungry, dying from preventable diseases.

“Today, 11 million children in Yemen – more than the entire population of Switzerland – need help getting food, treatment, education, water and sanitation.

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03/07/2018

Asia: New South-South Pact to Reduce the Spread of Cross-Border Animal Disease in the Greater Mekong Subregion

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Beijing, 3 July 2018 (FAO)*The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has entered into a three-way partnership with China and five other countries in Southeast Asia to limit the spread of trans-boundary animal diseases (TADs), FAO announced on 3 July 2018.

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Photo from FAO 

The FAO-China South-South Cooperation Project on Transboundary Animal Disease Control in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region was launched during a meeting in the Chinese capital Beijing.
03/07/2018

Dying in Temporariness

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By Dr. Walid Salem*

2 July, 2018 – TRANSCEND Media Service — Temporariness is a well- known Israeli procedure used with the Palestinians. The examples are many: Your presence in East Jerusalem for instance is considered to be temporary, and you will be defined as “A Jordanian Citizen residing permanently in Israel”, or as a “holder” of “Undefined”, or “unclassified” status as it is new added in this year.

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Dr. Walid Salem

Another example is the one related to Palestinians living in Area C of West Bank. Some of these were evacuated from the Negev in 1950’s. The Jordanian Government allowed them by then to reside in the so called “Miri Land” in West Bank.

Opposite to the Western concept of “State land”, the “Miri Land”, is part of the inherited Ottoman land law, which gives usufruct rights to those who cultivate and use the land, including the right to inherent its use from one generation to other.

After 1967 occupation, Israel put it hands over all the Miri Lands in West Bank, and started to deal with them as “ State lands” disregarding as such the rights of the usufructs of these lands a generation after a generation since the 1948 Nakba.

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03/07/2018

Drought, War and Malnutrition Make 2017 a Record Year for the Procurement of Emergency Supplies for Children – UNICEF

COPENHAGEN/ NEW YORK (UNICEF)*As famine, droughts, conflict and malnutrition threatened the survival of millions in 2017, UNICEF spent over half a billion dollars to deliver emergency, life-saving supplies to children in urgent need of assistance. This is the agency’s highest expenditure on supplies for humanitarian crises.
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UNICEF Ethiopia/2017/Zerihun Sewunet | 2-year-old Gemechu Teteche feeds on therapeutic food in Ethiopia.

In 2017, drought and armed conflict devastated children’s lives in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and north-east Nigeria. Some 22 million children were left hungry, sick, displaced and out of school in the four countries.

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03/07/2018

Latest Tragedy in the Mediterranean Claims over 100 Lives – UN Refugee Agency

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1 July 2018 — Expressing “deep sadness” over the deaths of more than 100 refugees and migrants when their boat sank in the Mediterranean Sea, the United Nations refugee agency has called for greater international efforts to avoid further tragedies.

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UNHCR/Alfredo D’Amato| An overloaded boat of refugees and migrants trying to reach Europe, as seen from the deck of an Italian Coastguard ship, in the Mediterranean Sea. (file photo)
“[We are] concerned about the increasing number of people dying on the central Mediterranean route and [are] calling for concerted international efforts to avoid further tragedies,” said the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a news release on Saturday [30 June 2018].

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03/07/2018

Two Shipwrecks Add to ‘Alarming Increase’ in Migrant Deaths Off Libya Coast: IOM

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More than 200 migrants have drowned in the Mediterranean in the past three days, bringing the overall death toll so far this year to more than 1,000, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) on 2 July 2018 reported.

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Italian Coastguard/Massimo Sestini | The Italian Navy rescues migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.
The tragic weekend began on Friday [29 June 2018] with the deaths of an estimated 103 people, including three babies, when the rubber dinghy they were on sank off the coast of Libya.
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