Bypass road north-south - Jerusalem (photo by GZ) Anti-wall demonstration in Bi'lin. (Photo by LS) Corridor from Erez crossing into Gaza (Photo by CdV) Mahmoud Darwish in the presence of absence (photo by GZ) Cremisan Road, Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Hisham's Palace, Jericho (photo by GZ) Wall grafitti made by Berlin residents. (Photo by CdV) Old city of Hebron (photo by GZ) Gilo settlement - Beit Jala (photo by GZ) Drone flying over KhanYounis, Gaza. (Photo by CdV) Mahmoud Darwish on Yasser Arafat- Ramallah (photo by GZ)

International aid to Palestine, who benefits?

23-03-2012

Per-capita aid to Palestinians has reached an all-time peak in 2009, and the Gaza Strip has been declared the most aid-dependent region in the world. However, the Palestinian economy remains stagnated, and the standard of living of Palestinians under Israeli occupation does not improve. Shir Hever, economist at the Alternative Information Center and Ramzy Kumsieh, board member of Palestine Link will discuss why aid money has failed to improve the standard of living in the occupied Palestinain territories and how Israel influences the decisions of donors. April 3rd in CREA in Amsterdam.

 

Although there are clear guidelines set in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) for international aid organizations, these laws have sometimes been exploited by Israel to achieve the exact opposite of the law’s intent. Furthermore, many of the international organizations are knowingly breaking the law.


The economic aspects of Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian Territory can teach us a great deal about the political interests, hidden and revealed, which are operating in this small region.

oWhy does the international community agree to pay so much for aid to the Palestinians? What interests of the donors does this aid serve? Why all this money failed to improve the standard of living of Palestinians since 1994? How does Israel influence the decisions of donors? How does this aid help Israel occupy the Palestinians?

 

With:

Shir Hever: economist at the Alternative Information Center an Palestinian-Israeli organization active in Jerusalem and Beit-Sahour.

Ramzy Kumsieh, board member of Palestine Link

 

Chair: Galit Saporta, board member of gate48.

 

The event is organized by gate48 – platform for critical Israelis in the Netherlands, in cooperation with CREA, Real World Economics and A Different Jewish voice, supported by Stichting Democratie en Media.

 

Venue: CREA Amsterdam
Nieuwe Achtergracht 170,
1018 WV Amsterdam

From 20:00 tot 23:00hrs.