As 2022 kicks off, we’re looking ahead to what the year has in store and gearing up to address the MENA region’s most pressing challenges. We asked TIMEP’s Nonresident Fellows what they think the policy world should be paying close attention to this year within their respective areas of focus. Muzan Alneel, The Transition […]
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On October 22, the Israeli government designated six Palestinian humanitarian and human rights organizations as terrorist groups. This was the latest attack on an already-struggling Palestinian civil society, where occupation and counter-terror laws have chipped away at the remaining civic space. At a time when the humanitarian crisis in Palestine worsens, the survival of Palestinian humanitarian organizations continues to be threatened. Restrictive policies—including counter-terror-related hurdles, physical and bureaucratic impediments, and funding restrictions—imposed by Israel, the Palestinian Authority (PA), and Western donors—have strangled Palestinian humanitarian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), setting them up to fail.
In this piece, I identify some of the most systematic challenges impacting the operations of Palestinian humanitarian organizations, based on desk research and interviews I conducted with organizations and key experts on the ground. Although many of the issues discussed here are applicable to Palestinian civil society writ large, the focus of this paper is on humanitarian Palestinian NGOs. The paper begins with an overview of the shrinking humanitarian space, and then explores the role of global counter-terror measures in constraining operations and how these measures, and others, are used to impose financial, physical, and bureaucratic impediments on Palestinian humanitarian NGOs. (more…)