Occupied Palestinian Territories

Rights experts condemn ongoing demolition of Palestinian Bedouin village

Two independent UN human rights experts are urging Israel to halt efforts to demolish the Palestinian village of Humsa Al-Bqai'a, fearing it is part of a wider pattern of forcible removals and displacement.  

UN ready to support Palestinian elections, new envoy tells Security Council

Palestinian elections scheduled for later this year will be a crucial step towards unity, the new UN envoy in the region, Tor Wennesland, said on Tuesday in his first briefing to the Security Council. 

Envoy welcomes restart of Israeli-Palestinian coordination amid COVID-19 rise

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in the Middle East following weeks of decline, the top UN official in the region has welcomed the Palestinian Authority’s decision to resume coordination with Israel. 

Deal to reduce recent Gaza tensions will aid fight against COVID-19

The top UN official in the Middle East has hailed an agreement to reduce the latest tensions in and around Gaza amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Palestine refugee crisis ‘expanding’; leaving highest number at risk this century across Gaza

“Alarming and expanding” problems affecting Palestine refugees, risk further destabilizing the Middle East, the head of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, UNWRA, said on Tuesday.

‘Massive funding crisis’ for Palestine relief, compounds ‘collapsing system’: UN coordinator

Hospitals unable to feed their own patients, elective surgeries postponed for years – those are just a few examples of what the UN’s Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East, Jamie McGoldrick, describes as a “collapsing system in freefall”.

Our UN News Arabic chief, Reem Abaza, was in Gaza with Mr. McGoldrick several weeks ago, and after they had visited the main hospital there together, she asked him to outline the extent of Gaza’s plight.

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Palestinians trapped in ‘coercive environment’, says UN rights official

Many Palestinians living under Israeli occupation suffer from a “coercive environment” where settlement expansion has made people’s lives so unbearable that they feel pressured to move, according to James Heenan, head of the UN human rights office in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  Mr. heenan spoke with Reem Abaza of UN News in Jerusalem, explaining the challenges Palestinians routinely face, in the West Bank,  East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

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Palestine has world’s highest unemployment rate, and it’s unsustainable: UNCTAD

Life  in the Occupied Palestine Territories  is unsustainable and - with nearly one in three people out of a job - it also has the world’s highest unemployment rate, according to Isabelle Durant, UNCTAD Deputy Secretary-General.  Ms. Durant spoke with UN News’s Jens Renner in Geneva, about  UNCTAD's latest report on life in the Occupied Palestine Territories.

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Aid funding for Occupied Palestinian Territories at ‘all-time low’

Funding for humanitarian operations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) is at an “all-time low”, threatening the delivery of life-saving aid to people in the West Bank and Gaza, the United Nations warned on Friday.

‘Bleakest period yet’ in Occupied Palestinian Territory: UN human rights expert

Reports of the indignities faced by people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory have “painted the bleakest picture yet” of the human rights situation there, a United Nations expert has said.