Wednesday, June 8, 2011

They complain that Israel hinders the distribution of aid to Palestinians

Restrictions on freedom of movement imposed by Israel in the Palestinian territories hinder the humanitarian work and cost to donors millions of dollars each year, report the Association of International Development Agencies (AIDA). According to the "Restricting Aid: Challenges to deliver assistance to the Occupied Palestinian Territories", released today by AIDA (which comprises more than eighty NGOs, international aid and development), organizations are faced each year losses of over $ 4.5 million because of the difficulties imposed by Israel.

The military checkpoints, the separation wall, closures of the territory, and inland areas to which access is not allowed and other obstacles "increasingly isolated communities that desperately need aid and more people vulnerable people that are paying the highest price, "says the organization in a statement.

Specifically, in the Gaza Strip, the restrictions imposed by Israel "are effectively robbing the residents a real opportunity to recover," the letter says, recalling that 80 percent of Palestinians living in that area depend for survival of international aid. Boris Aristín, head of mission of Medecins du Monde in the Palestinian territories, said that NGOs "often have trouble entering in the West Bank and Gaza materials, equipment and national or expatriate personnel." One problem, he says, "has a very high economic impact, complicates the management of organizations, reduces the impact of aid and sets challenges for the defense of humanitarian space." NGOs can expect from three weeks to a month to get permission for one of his workers between Gaza and several months to get medical teams to enter the Strip.

The Director of Medical Assistance Programs for Palestinians (MAP) ensures that humanitarian workers "are losing time and money because they can not get in and out of Gaza efficiently. In the West Bank restrictions also affect humanitarian work, especially in those areas from the Israeli separation wall and the "green line" separating Israel from Palestinian territory.

"There are big obstacles to implement simple measures that can improve the lives of children and their families in areas that have been isolated from medical services, schools and crops they need to survive," says AIDA, adding that "only helps to bring to areas where we are permitted to enter is not acceptable.

Aid must reach people most in need. " The association, however, blame solely on Israel, adding that "bureaucratic registration requirements of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas," also pose impediments to the effective delivery of humanitarian aid.

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