IASC Briefing on Palestine
IASC Briefing on Palestine
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We are pleased to invite you to an IASC briefing on humanitarian situation in Palestine; in particular the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, as well as the ongoing demolitions of humanitarian assistance in the West Bank. The briefing will be held on 23 June, 15h00-16h30, Room XV, Palais des Nations.
Reflections on Gaza Reconstruction Efforts and the Role of the Shelter Cluster
Fiona Kelling; Shelter Cluster Coordinator, Palestine
The hostilities in Gaza in 2014 damaged over 171,000 units and displaced over 100,000 people. Two years on, reports reveal that over 70,000 people are still displaced. However, underlying the damage from the past war is a protracted crisis that has increased the need for humanitarian intervention to meet the needs of the population. The Shelter Cluster, with a key role in coordinating the response to the needs of displaced and affected persons, will present the progress and challenges since the last conflict and ongoing humanitarian needs and response efforts in Gaza.
Normative Challenges to the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance in Occupied Territory
Itay Epshtain, Policy and Protection Advisor, NRC Palestine
UN agencies and INGOs have been providing humanitarian assistance in occupied Palestinian territory to afford protection from IHL and IHRL violations, while upholding the obligations of the Occupying Power; The coordination of relief schemes in occupied territory triggers a legal debate on soliciting consent to provide aid, obstruction and arbitrary refusal of assistance by the Occupying Power; remedies available to injured humanitarian agencies and third States; and the relationship between the scope of humanitarian assistance and inducement of compliance with international law, set against a widening compliance gap in the oPt and the region.
Fiona Kelling, Palestine Shelter Cluster Coordinator, NRC
Fiona Kelling, Shelter Cluster Coordinator for Palestine, has been involved in emergency shelter response and recovery since 2009, working as a shelter programme manager for INGOs including World Vision and CARE and as a shelter consultant for Arup International Development and NRC. She holds a PG Diploma in Architecture and Masters specialisation in Development and Emergency Practice from Oxford Brookes University, and Diploma in Land Management from the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies. With experience in the Typhoon Haiyan recovery in the Philippines and the Haiti earthquake response her focus has been on housing land and property rights in humanitarian shelter response and better linking relief and recovery with longer term reconstruction and resilience.
In Palestine, Fiona has led the Shelter Cluster across the West Bank and Gaza since September 2015 to coordinate the humanitarian response and recovery efforts and provide guidance and advocacy on holistic reconstruction.
Itay Epshtain, Policy and Protection Advisor, NRC
Itay Epshtain is the Policy and Protection Advisor of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Palestine Office. He formerly served as the West Bank Protection Consortium Manager; Legal Coordinator for ACF International; International Humanitarian Law Consultant with Diakonia IHL Resource Centre; Co-Director and Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions; and Director of Amnesty International Israel Section.
Itay is a graduate of Harvard University Kennedy School of Government; holds diplomas in International Environmental Law, International Humanitarian Law and advanced diploma in the Law of Armed Conflict; M.A. International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid. Currently pursuing a post-graduate diploma in Human Rights and Forced Displacement, and PhD in Diplomacy and International Affairs.
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