|Institut für Palästinakunde|
- IPK -
Palestinian civilians living in the occupied Palestinian
territory (oPt) continue to bear the brunt of
ongoing conflict and Israeli occupation. A lack of
respect for international humanitarian and human
rights law has resulted in a protection crisis with
serious and negative humanitarian consequences.
In the Gaza Strip, Israel continues to impose a land,
sea and air blockade that has significantly undermined
livelihoods, seriously diminished the quality of, and
access to, basic services, and which amounts to
collective punishment of the population of the Gaza
In the West Bank, East Jerusalem is isolated from the rest of the West Bank. Communities in Area C face a range of pressures, including demolitions, settler violence, and movement and access restrictions, that make meeting basic needs increasingly difficult and threaten Palestinian presence in the area. Bedouin and herder communities are particularly vulnerable. Unlawful Israeli settlement activity lies at the heart of many of the humanitarian difficulties facing Palestinians in the West Bank.
Overall, the lack of accountability for violations of human rights and humanitarian law, along with a failure to effectively enforce the rule of law when it comes to attacks on Palestinians and their property by Israeli military forces or Israeli settlers, has created a climate of impunity that contributes to further violence.