Editorial: January 2018

December 22nd, 2017|

Following Donald Trump’s announcement regarding Jerusalem, and the subsequent US veto of the UN resolution confirming the status of the city as occupied territory, a new phase of violence and uncertainty is engulfing the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. On the 30th anniversary of the First Intifada, we were once again seeing [...]

Gaza’s fuel crisis causing unthinkable hardship during winter months

December 11th, 2017|

As winter storms begin to sweep across the occupied Gaza Strip, Palestinians will be relying on no more than 4 hours of electricity a day. Gaza’s longstanding fuel crisis causes unthinkable hardship for families during the winter months. With its only power plant relying on Egypt for imported fuel, it has not run at full [...]

Palestinians Face A Daily Struggle to Stay in Jerusalem

December 11th, 2017|

US President Donald Trump ‘s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city is yet another way to attempt to legitimise Israel’s ongoing human rights abuses against Palestinians. Israel unlawfully annexed East Jerusalem in 1967 and since then, its Palestinian residents have been subjected to 50 years of human rights abuses, from home demolitions to forced [...]

Impact of political gestures on the humanitarian crisis

December 6th, 2017|

The following is a statement by Ibrahim Hewitt, Chairman of Interpal. The Middle East-North Africa region is in turmoil from east to west; wars, famine, disease, displacement and ethnic cleansing are affecting millions of people, from Syria and Iraq to Yemen, Libya and Western Sahara, plus, of course, occupied Palestine. The humanitarian catastrophe in the [...]

Interpal Winter Appeal 2017: Give With Love this Winter

December 4th, 2017|

The winter months will bring even more hardship for Palestinian refugees. Without adequate shelter to protect them from the cold, wind and rain, thousands of vulnerable lives are at risk. Three years on from the Israeli assault on Gaza, 65,000 Palestinians are still living in makeshift tents and shacks after losing their homes. In the [...]

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People 2017

November 29th, 2017|

  The 29th of November marks the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People; a day set aside to commemorate the adoption of UN resolution 181 (II) on 29th November 1947, which provided for the partition of Palestine into two States. Seventy years on, the state of Palestine is yet to come into existence, [...]

After Balfour: the legacy of British policy in Palestine

November 2nd, 2017|

The UK government is preparing to celebrate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration with “pride” today. For Palestinians, however, the Balfour Declaration left a lasting and brutal legacy on Palestine, paving the way for decades of violence, mass displacement and occupation. The Balfour Declaration was a statement in the form of a letter from the [...]

5 things you should know about the Balfour Declaration

October 24th, 2017|

The Balfour Declaration was a statement in the form of a letter from the British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Lord Walter Rothschild, a leading figure in the British Zionist community, written on 2 November 1917. The letter made it clear that the British government backed the establishment of a ‘national home for the Jewish [...]

Interpal Annual Review 2016/17

October 11th, 2017|

2016/2017 has been a very busy time for us. Your support has made a difference to the lives of thousands of Palestinian refugees in Gaza, the West Bank, Lebanon and Jordan. Thanks to your help, we’ve delivered financial aid, food aid, emergency relief and much needed medical equipment. You’ve enabled us to support students, improve [...]

International Day of Peace

September 21st, 2017|

Today marks International Day of Peace, which is observed to strengthen the ideals of peace around the world, and this year, the respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life. Last year, a record 65.6 million people worldwide were forcibly displaced from their homes as a [...]

Remembering the Sabra & Shatila massacre

September 20th, 2017|

"Sabra and Shatila Massacres" 1982-83, by Dia Al-Azzawi Saturday 16th September 2017 marked the 35th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre, when hundreds of members of the Phalange party (a Lebanese Christian militia), under the approving eye of Israeli Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, entered Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in Beirut. Over 3,000 Palestinian [...]

Living in fear: the struggles facing pregnant women in Gaza

September 19th, 2017|

The wellbeing of expectant mothers is an important indicator of the overall health of a population: good maternal health reflects a well-functioning healthcare system which is central to the needs of society. While navigating a whole range of life-changing emotions, from feelings of joy and anticipation to overwhelming anxiety, strong support systems are crucial to [...]

Providing a lifeline for Palestinian children living with disabilities

September 19th, 2017|

Palestinian refugee camps across the occupied territories, Jordan and Lebanon sadly do not have the capacity or infrastructure to accommodate the challenges facing people living with disabilities, with many of our beneficiaries left feeling isolated and insecure. Palestinian children with physical difficulties or developmental issues are especially vulnerable and face barriers to movement, education, healthcare [...]

Surviving kidney failure under siege: the story of six-year-old Odai

September 19th, 2017|

Patients diagnosed with kidney failure in Gaza face uncertain futures. The ten year siege restricts the import of medical supplies, so regular treatment, that is crucial to the survival of patients, is almost always impossible to receive. Hospitals are at breaking point, and the chances of receiving transplant surgery quickly enough are low for many [...]

Medical supplies in Gaza are at critically low levels- here’s how you can help

September 13th, 2017|

Palestinians in Gaza are in desperate need of basic but lifesaving medical aid. More than a third of all essential medicines and medical disposables are currently at zero stock levels- that’s less than one month’s supply available for patients across all hospitals and healthcare clinics in the Gaza Strip. More than half of medications used [...]