The latest escalation of more than 100 years of violence in occupied Palestine has caused phenomenal levels of yet more suffering. This violence must end. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that at least 3785 people are known to have been killed in besieged Gaza, 79 people killed in the occupied West Bank and 1400 people killed in Israel over the course of 12 days, since 7 October 2023.1 As of 19 October, approximately one million Palestinians and people of other nationalities have been internally displaced, many of whom are seeking refuge in overstretched designated emergency shelters and hospitals, several of which have been hit by Israeli airstrikes.1 This represents an increase in the number of internally displaced people in Gaza of more than 2000% in just 12 days.1 30% of all housing units in the Gaza Strip have been destroyed or rendered uninhabitable.1 Additionally, Palestinian workers from Gaza who were working in Israel have been beaten, detained and forcibly transferred to overcrowded facilities in the West Bank.2
High unemployment, severe shortages of electricity and clean water; a young, educated population with immense potential, and deliberate policy choices by Israel that deny movement, violate rights and block development. Everything you need to know about the closure on Gaza.
This policy brief highlights some of the direct impacts of the Gaza war on the lives of Palestinians. It estimates losses in gross domestic product and shows the effects of Israeli measures and military operations on the health system in…
OVERVIEW Political economy involves the analysis of stakeholders, power relations, and social conflict across time and space. In the Palestinian context, this means understanding how Israeli policies, the blockade, the political division between Fatah, Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority (PA),…
This report analyses the WASH crisis in the Gaza Strip aggravated by the current hostilities. It seeks to provide an alert on the severity of the crisis, highlighting the health and protection impacts and risks that would arise should the…
In this episode of 'Rethinking Humanitarianism', hosts Heba Aly and Melissa Fundira speak to guests Yara Asi and Chris Gunness about aid and humanitarian responses in Palenstine.
This document presents the results of a political economy analysis (PEA) of the health sector in Gaza. It is based on a literature review spanning multiple source types, and in-depth semi-structured interviews with policy makers, health officials and carers of…
This interactive PowerPoint outlines the findings of a study into the perspectives of Palestinians living in refugee communities on a range of COVID-19 public health measures
The humanitarian situation in Gaza is a catastrophe. Sixteen years of blockade has left Gaza in a fragile humanitarian state. However, the current conflict is one of many humanitarian disasters that has afflicted the region since the Arab Awakening in…
Gender Relations and Power Dynamics in WFP Palestine Beneficiary Households Study – WFP and UN Women 2022
WFP Palestine commissioned this study to assess gender dynamics and power relations in WFP Palestine beneficiary households and propose recommendations to improve the gender transformative potential of WFP programming. Co-funded by UN Women.
Since 7 October 2023, more than 24,620 Palestinians have been killed in the Gaza Strip, 70 per cent of whom were women or children. This document provides an overview of the situation in Gaza and articulates UN Women’s work as part…
This report draws on a workshop, focus group discussions and key informant interviews to understand the vulnerability of communities and livelihoods in the northern Gaza Strip. It explores how this activity enabled the design of resilience-oriented actions to improve the…
Children living in Gaza have never known anything but overcrowding, shortages, conflict and danger.
The current public health situation analysis (PHSA) concerns the population living within the Gaza Strip and affected by the acute emergency resulting from large-scale military operations by Israel and Hamas.
Social and political determinants of health in the occupied Palestine territory (oPt) during the COVID-19 pandemic: who is responsible?
The Palestinian authority (PA) reacted quickly to the coronavirus outbreak, introducing strict lock down measures to limit community transmission. However, since restriction measures were eased in late May, there has been a massive spike in cases with over 9000 cases…
Panel discussion on Health Crises in Palestine
rom the seventh of October 2023 until the date of writing this article, Gaza is still subjected to air, sea and land bombardment in a cruel war that targets the lives of its residents and all the necessities of their…
Frayed health care and an overwhelmed global humanitarian system imperil the health of civilians in Gaza, cautions Hopkins expert Paul Spiegel.
Before the onset of the Israel–Hamas conflict in early October, 2023, health-care systems in Gaza were already teetering on the brink, with only 35 hospitals operating at full capacity and a total of 3412 beds catering to a population exceeding…
In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP's Sarah Anne Minkin speaks with 2023 FMEP Palestinian Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Yara Asi about public health in Gaza. The conversation addresses the deficiencies in public health infrastructure due to Israel's blockade before the…
Babies are being “delivered into hell” in Gaza with many others likely dying as a result of conflict with Israel and increasingly dire conditions in the enclave, UN humanitarians warned on Friday.
‘The responsibility for that lies overwhelmingly with Israel. It will have to pay not only financially but morally and legally as well.’
The ICRC has been providing assistance to people affected by the conflict and violence in Israel and the Occupied Territories (ILOT) since 1967. This page is an effort to make information easily accessible to all those who feel like the ICRC can…
What does it take to love our babies, our living, and our dead in the midst of Israel's genocidal colonial conquest? How do we care for our massacred bodies and all the collective residues of horror as our people are…
In the past decade and a half, children in Gaza have endured six life-threatening situations – five escalations in violence and a pandemic – as well as a life-limiting land, air and sea blockade imposed by the Government of Israel…
In the book Hollow Land, Eyal Weizman showed how leadership at IDF understood and modified the urban landscapes of occupied Palestinian territory in military interventions with a spatial lens drawn in part from social theory (Weizman 2007). Interviewees such as…
In this blog post, Cultural Antropology have gathered together articles on Palestine/Israel that have been published in the journal.
This article traces the rise of anthropological scholarship on Palestine and/or Palestinians from 2011 through the present, providing readers with a comprehensive bibliography of anthropological publications related to Palestine over that period.
Since the beginning of this current, most vicious, Israeli war on the people of Gaza, family and friends, including members of our Insaniyyat community, have been anxiously trying to check on loved ones across Gaza.
Facts require narratives in which to take root, but the terminology of the powerful too often trivializes war, dehumanizes those who suffer and erases the past.
IN THE WAKE of Hamas’s attack on Israel earlier this month, which led to the death of over one thousand Israelis, the U.S.-backed nuclear power has waged a campaign of brutal retribution. Since October 8, they have intensified the long-running…
“We are at war”, stated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a recorded statement early on Saturday morning, and “we will win it”. While the unprecedented events of 7 October – constituting ‘the worst breach of Israel’s defences in 50…
On 7 November 2023, the death toll in Gaza surpassed 10,000 as the most brutal military assault in contemporary history continues to unfold. Now impossible to update following the collapse of services and communications in the north, this figure had…
Following Hamas’s October 7th attack and Israel’s invasion, Mosab Abu Toha fled his home with his wife and three children. Then I.D.F. soldiers took him into custody.
“Stop the war and let me return to my home, even if it is destroyed.” Community priorities and perceptions of aid and support in Gaza (January 2024)
It has been 100 days since Israel launched attacks in Gaza that have seen more than 24,000 people killed since the beginning of October 2023, including more than 10,000 children. Thousands more are estimated to be missing, with many buried…
Curated collections of resources on current and past emergencies. Resources include our briefings, blogs and infographics alongside relevant content from other organisations working on social sciences in emergencies.
The repercussions of armed conflict, mass forced displacement and growing food insecurity in Gaza are compounded by barriers to the supply and delivery of humanitarian assistance and the inability of a collapsed health care system to cater to the needs of a large population grappling with injuries and illnesses. This page provides links to resources on relevant emerging social science evidence as well as past social science research, shedding light on both protracted and newly emerged vulnerabilities underpinning the realities of delivering aid in the changing context of Gaza.38 selected resources