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06JERUSALEM2224
2006-06-01 15:16:00
UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY
Consulate Jerusalem
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OCHA INCREASES EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR PALESTINIANS

Tags:   PHUM  PREF  EAID  ECON  KWBG 
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TAGS: PHUM PREF EAID ECON KWBG
SUBJECT: OCHA INCREASES EMERGENCY APPEAL FOR PALESTINIANS
BY 80 PERCENT

REF: 2005 JERUSALEM 5595



1. (SBU) Citing deteriorating economic conditions, the
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian
Affairs (OCHA) has revised its original appeal for the West
Bank and Gaza upwards from USD 215 million to USD 385
million. OCHA head David Shearer said the new funding was
predominantly for job creation and cash assistance to the
most vulnerable, medical supplies and food to the growing
'most at-risk' groups identified by United Nations Relief and
Works Agency (UNRWA) and World Food Program (WFP). Shearer
stressed that UN assistance was intended to alleviate
conditions and could not substitute for existing PA social
services.



2. (SBU) Shearer said the PA budget crisis had undermined
the functioning of PA institutions, which provide the bulk of
essential services to the Palestinian population. These
services include the operation of 75 percent of primary and
secondary schools, 62 percent of all primary healthcare
clinics, all the major hospitals, water network maintenance,
and social and relief services to 45,000 families who are
chronically unable to support themselves.



3. (SBU) UNRWA Deputy Commissioner General Filippo Grandi
commented that on-the-ground indicators pointed to worsening
conditions. He said the waiting list to participate in
UNRWA's emergency short-term employment program in Gaza had
grown to 100,000, while the waiting list in the West Bank had
increased six-fold over the last two months. Applications to
teach at UNRWA schools had risen from 1,700 to 5,000. Grandi
added that demand for UNRWA services was increasing in
response to the decrease in public services.



4. (SBU) In late 2005 when the UN's Appeal for 2006 was
launched requesting USD 215 million, the outlook appeared
more positive. To date, USD 71 million of that Appeal has
been funded, or only about 36 percent of the total requests.
Stevens