Israel and the occupied PLO will have to find answer for how to pay for the cost of its actions. But this is easier to say than done given the recent economic turmoil, and the increasing difficulties for its creditors. As the International Monetary Fund (IMF) stated in a letter to Secretary Rice; the United Nations Relief Program is “deeply disappointed by the recent Israeli decision; to increase its annual budget for the Judean Trust by approximately $1.75 million”. The Trust used to help the PA to fulfill its duties and functions, including: maintenance of normal administration; development of institutions for the promotion of peace and stability in the occupied territories; providing services for the poor; and promotion of the return of displaced persons to their homes. This article is about Dealing With Disasters In Palestine And Israel
The action of Israel actions not only affected the welfare of thousands of people in the occupied territory of Palestine; but also exposed its public institutions and its economic structure to collapse. In addition to that, it has severely jeopardized the future of the economy of the State of Palestine. This is one of the largest contributors to the growth of the economy of the occupied country. Furthermore, this cut the already limited sources of revenue for the PA government. In a nutshell, Israel’s decision to increase its budget drains the already strained public finances; and decreases the state’s credibility, and leaves its public servants even more exposed.
Situation pf Palestine after attack by Israel
This deterioration of the PA’s fiscal situation has been accompanied by a decline in its internal functioning. The lack of transparency in the management of public funds has increased the risk of corruption; and lack of management of public resources. Lack of transparency in the management of public funds poses a huge risk for the entire peace process between Israelis and the Palestinians. For example, the Israeli citizens are aware that the government of the PA uses the trust fund to purchase goods; and then resell them illegally to the end users in the west bank. However, the PA itself does not provide sufficient information to the Israelis; on the uses of these funds and how they had spent. Only through strict legislation such as the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Act can such information be released; but until now this information has not made available to the general public.
Occupied Palestinian Territory
Scientists have been calling for transparency in the management of natural resources in the Occupied Palestinian Territory since the year 2021. For this reason, the recent announcement by the PA government that it will set up new institutions; to coordinate activities between science and technology authorities in the field of natural resources and environments; and strengthen partnerships between them, will help improve the safety of disasters in Palestinian territory caused by natural disasters. The creation of the National Centre for Environmental Monitoring (NCEM) is the first step towards fulfilling this goal. The establishment of the NCEM will require the private and public sectors, communities and local organizations; to co-operatively contribute towards the monitoring and evaluation of environmental changes, and prepare and report on these changes accordingly.
Natural disasters in the Middle East
According to Dr. Basel Idrees, head of the NCEM, “Natural disasters in the Middle East frequently lead to human and animal casualties. This puts the lives of people living in those regions at high risks; and calls for the need for a greater awareness of the real environment and its vulnerabilities. By developing a partnership that brings together different types of specialists and organizations from different fields; we can greatly enhance our capacity to address the issues and prepare for the future.” Dr. Idrees went on to state that the Center for Environmental Monitoring is an important part of the NCEM; and its aim is to provide complete and timely assessment of the environmental situation in the occupied territories.
The center has also been criticized for not having the same criteria for classifying natural disasters as international standards. However, according to Dr. Idrees, this is not a matter of criteria, but a matter of common sense.
Baseless Criticism – Palestine And Israel
Dr. Salam el Assa, head of the Palfermo Environmental Monitoring Centre, told reporters that such criticisms are baseless and that his organization is fully committed to providing high quality services and accurate data to the concerned parties. According to him, such risks are very difficult to evaluate and therefore have to be understood on all levels. “We are aware of the vulnerabilities facing the people in the occupied territories and that has to be understood by everybody. The best way of addressing this problem is through proper communication and cooperation of all the relevant parties concerned,” he added.
United Nations to decide on Palestine And Israel
In its sixth annual report published in May this year, the Global Challenges Foundation called on the international community and particularly the United Nations and other such agencies to take strong measures against the deterioration of the democratic values and structures of the society in the occupied Palestinian and Israel-occupied territories, in addition to call for increased investments in peace and security. It went on to say that such actions are in the best interests of the people of the region.
Likewise, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign called upon the world not to forget its obligations towards the people of the occupied territory during the ongoing Israeli occupation, and that it was essential to build an independent, peaceful and independent state for the people of the region. Similarly, in its seventh point of demand the ACMPR to convene an international consensus on the question of Israel’s continued occupation of the al-Aqsa Mosque and to refer the matter to the International Criminal Court.
Meanwhile, in its ninth point of demand the PLO called upon the international community to recognize the right of the people of occupied al-hamia to build their homes and farms according to their choice, in addition to freedom of expression, free movement, and access to basic amenities. It called on the parties to end practices such as discrimination against the communities in occupied territories, including their freedom of movement and decision making, and to respect human dignity and rights of the al-Hamra and Bedouin communities.
Finally, the communique calls upon the international community not to undermine the efforts made by the institutions of peace and justice, including the Quartet for the control of humanitarian aid, the OHCA, and other regional and global mechanisms set up to ensure the safety of the residents of the occupied properties. The al Husseini emphasized that the situation in the occupied territories is complex and sensitive, and that it requires immediate attention and action by the international community, intergovernmental organizations, the United Nations, and by the media and civil society to prevent further escalation of the crisis.