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United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

Introduction

See NGO Monitor’s report, “UNOCHA-oPt: Politicized Activities and Funding in the Arab-Israeli Conflict,” published March 2016

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Activity

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) provided over 300 million dollars in “Crisis Appeal Grants” to NGOs active in the Arab-Israeli conflict following the 2014 Gaza War. A number of these NGOs have been highly active in publicly and falsely condemning Israel’s self-defense measures, including making unverifiable claims, distorting international law, and fueling the flames of the international delegitimization campaign against Israel.

Since the beginning of the conflict, a number of these NGOs, including B’Tselem and Palestinian Center for Human Rights, have been campaigning for the UNHRC to create a “fact-finding” commission to investigate alleged Israeli “war crimes” in Gaza, paralleling the genesis of the discredited Goldstone Report, which emerged from a UN “fact-finding” mission of the 2008-9 Gaza conflict. In addition, OCHA provided approximately $195 million in “Crisis Appeal Grants” to UNRWA.

While OCHA’s mandate is to “Mobilize and coordinate effective and principled humanitarian action in partnership with national and international actors in order to alleviate human suffering in disasters and emergencies,” the activities of this organization and many of its NGO grantees are inconsistent with this mandate.

Partial list of 2014 “Gaza Crisis Appeal Grants”

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NGOProjectAmount (in US $)
B'TselemPromoting respect for IHL and human rights: Gaza Crisis Appeal 201450,587
Dan Church AidImmediate Food and Hygiene assistance to vulnerable IDPs hosted in provate and official shelters in Gaza250,000
Gaza Crisis: Life-saving Primary Health and Post surgical Medical Care and Urgently Required Medical Supplies to the Stock of the MoH in the Gaza Strip653,923
Ma'an Development CenterSupport for Gaza's Displaced People: Health, Dignity, Safety and Well-Being807,736
Medical Aid for PalestiniansResponding to the emergency needs of neonatal units in Gaza hospitals by procurement of essential drugs and disposables250,000
Medico International Gaza Crisis: Life-saving Primary Health and Post surgical Medical Care and Urgently Required Medical Supplies to the Stock of the MoH in the Gaza Strip653,923
Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC)Better Learning' - Emergency Education Response750,000
Emergency response to new displacement related shelter/NFI needs in Gaza Strip 2,500,000
Rapid Water Provision and Urgent Repairs of Water and Sewage Infrastructure in Gaza Strip 4,815,000
Oxfam Great BritianEmergency Food Vouchers for Conflict Displaced Families in the Gaza Strip 1,877,141
Emergency Water Supply for Conflict Displaced Families in the Gaza Strip 1,115,635
Oxfam Italia Emergency support to communitites affected by IHL violation in Gaza Strip and WB1,560,292
Palestinian Center for Human RightsEnhanced protection for civilians in the Gaza Strip and challenging impunity577,000
UNRWACash-for-Work Opportunities Supporting Emergency Response and Early Recovery in the Gaza Strip8,010,312
Food Distribution in Designated Emergency Shelters73,000,000
Psychological support4,600,000
Cash for Work 5,800,001
Conditional Cash Assistance3,800,000
Ensuring access to health care in the Gaza Strip3,200,000
UNRWA Installation Repair1,600,000
Shelter repair60,000,000
Non-Food Items Distribution in the Gaza Strip19,969,969
Environmental Health (WASH)15,000,000
World Vision International Enhanced Food Security and Improved Access to Livelihoods of Vulnerable Families in the Gaza Strip 4,783,748
Psychological support for crisis-affected children and mothers in Gaza107,500
Hygiene support for war-affected families in Gaza2,281,250

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