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In July 2018, the Government of Israel tightened restrictions on goods and materials entering and leaving Gaza, noting that the measures were in response to Hamas sending incendiary kites and balloons into Israel. All goods were banned from exiting and many vital materials banned from entering. These restrictions further tighten the blockade – in place for 12 years – which severely limits or prevents the entry and exit of materials to Gaza. Over half the population of Gaza lives under the poverty line, and one million Palestinians in Gaza don't have enough food to feed their families.
This joint agency briefing calls for:
An immediate end to the blockade and opening crossings into and out of Gaza
All parties to refrain from using civilians in Gaza as leverage for political gain
The UN and the international community to support the lifting of restrictions and a long-term strategy for economic development in Gaza.
Economist Intelligence Unit, The;
Fixing Food is an Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) report on food system sustainability globally, spanning agriculture, nutrition, and food loss and waste. It draws on an interview programme with experts from the academic, public and private sectors and is published alongside the Food Sustainability Index (FSI), a quantitative and qualitative benchmarking model, which ranks 25 countries according to their food system sustainability. The project was developed with the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition (BCFN).
Pew Research Center;
Nearly 70 years after the establishment of the modern State of Israel, its Jewish population remains united behind the idea that Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people and a necessary refuge from rising anti-Semitism around the globe. But alongside these sources of unity, a major new survey by Pew Research Center also finds deep divisions in Israeli society – not only between Israeli Jews and the country's Arab minority, but also among the religious subgroups that make up Israeli Jewry.
This publication presents overviews of the health care systems of Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Each overview covers health insurance, public and private financing, health system organization and governance, health care quality and coordination, disparities, efficiency and integration, use of information technology and evidence-based practice, cost containment, and recent reforms and innovations. In addition, summary tables provide data on a number of key health system characteristics and performance indicators, including overall health care spending, hospital spending and utilization, health care access, patient safety, care coordination, chronic care management, disease prevention, capacity for quality improvement, and public views.
Rockefeller Archive Center;
Two men were standing on a rather crammed exhibition stand, welcoming the visitors among cholera outfit boxes, boards running slogans such as "Stamp out sickness and pest -- Encourage health", and charts and diagrams regarding smallpox and other diseases. The picture was shot by Paul Carley, a malaria expert working for the International Health Board of the Rockefeller Foundation, during the Health Week organized in Palestine from the 17th to the 22nd of November 1924. The (Zionist) Hadassah Medical Organization had initiated the program, with the support of the British mandatory government, with a successful health exhibition in Jerusalem as a highlight of the week.
Jewish Funders Network;
Greenbooks are research reports written specifically for the funding community. Each unbiased, comprehensive guide focuses on a problem currently facing the Jewish community, maps out the relevant history, and details a wide range of approaches being taken to address the problem. Greenbooks are produced by the Jewish Funders Network, with a target publication of two guides annually. Over the past two decades, philanthropic foundations -- in partnership with civil society -- have been instrumental in forging a vision of social environmental change in Israel, and in dramatically raising public awareness of environmental concerns.
Jewish Funders Network;
The "Handbook for Funder Collaborations" is a compilation of research conducted by JFN that provides a comprehensive review of existing studies, articles, and in-depth interviews with 27 stakeholders in Israel. While the Handbook focuses on collaborations based in Israel, most examples include Israeli and American funders working together, and the lessons are relevant to any cross-cultural partnership.
Funder collaborations are effective tools that multiply efforts, and build unique models to achieve common goals in order to maximize impact. The process of collaborating creates opportunities to move beyond the work of a single actor by bridging gaps, and bringing together different players who share the same vision, goals, and strategy.
The Handbook aims to help funders navigate the benefits and the challenges, along with the pros and cons, of starting or joining a pooled funding collaboration. In doing so, it offers tools and tips to structure the collaboration for maximum success and impact.
The African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) is a grassroots, communitybased, non-profit organization that was founded in 2004 by African asylum seekers and Israeli citizens, in order to assist, protect and empower African refugees and asylum seekers in Israel. To date, ARDC has served over 10,000 refugees and asylum seekers from a number of countries including Eritrea, Sudan, DRC, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia and the Ivory Coast. Throughout 2014, ARDC responded to the needs of asylum seekers through several initiatives and projects. We aided asylum seekers in renewing their visas, resolving identity issues, remaining with their families in Israel, applying for asylum, and reuniting with their families abroad. We also pressured the government to show more institutional consistency and greater transparency. Through our educational programs, we enabled asylum seekers to pursue their professional goals by facilitating vocational training and higher education opportunities and to better integrate into Israeli society with language courses. We strengthened the independence and confidence of asylum-seeking women through psycho-social therapy and income-generating opportunities. We facilitated encounters between Israelis and asylum seekers to build bridges and to enable genuine coexistence to flourish in the neighborhoods of South Tel Aviv. Last but not least, we sought to fortify and sustain the asylum seeker leadership through skill-based workshops and specialized guidance.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR);
Large numbers of Eritreans, Sudanese, and other Africans started to enter Israel via its southern border in 2006. These individuals were first put under the protection of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which registered and documented them. In 2008, individuals under this category began to be registered and documented by the Israeli Ministry of Interior (MOI). While the MOI fully replaced the role of UNHCR starting in July 2009, the cases of Sudanese and Eritreans were not individually examined, and the citizens of these countries were put under a "non-removal" policy. In 2009, the MOI also began to examine the cases of individuals from countries not included in the non-removal policy, referred to by the MOI as the "temporary protection policy." Although the grave faults of the way asylum applications are examined by the MOI and the implications of the non-removal policy as exemplified by the case of Southern Sudanese have been discussed elsewhere (Berman 2012, Lijnders 2013), other aspects of asylum that concern mostly the Eritrean and Sudanese populations have not yet been thoroughly discussed and analyzed. The purpose of this report is to explore these issues and show that these groups of individuals have not had their needs appropriately met as a result of the way the MOI handles their cases and claims.
The report is based on several months of research that included conducting interviews and gathering written material (mostly court records). It is also based on material collected at the African Refugees Development Center (ARDC) as part of the Asylum Assistance Application project throughout the last three years.
African Refugees Development Center (ARDC);
This report outlines and analyzes the issues of crime in the area of South Tel Aviv and its causal factors, with an emphasis on issues within the refugee community there. The issues discussed in this report are common in many underfunded areas with large influxes of people; in no way does this report argue that these issues are uniquely representative of the population of Israel. This paper will argue the need for positive State interaction and thus the definition of what is meant by positive State interaction is explained as an international and sociological concept. The report is broken into five main sections, adding a brief overview of the methodology, limitaions and media review. The first section outlines the issues of crime in South Tel Aviv and focuses on mutual concerns for Israelis and asylum seekers, issues within the asylum seeking community, crimes against asylum seekers (both violent and non-violent), and the crime rates in the area. The second section tackles the underlying issues for crime in South Tel Aviv, while the third section has an overview of the State interaction at diffeent levels (police interaction, municpality and the OZ unit), fear asylum seekers have with State Authorities and interactions, and a brief overview and comparison of main laws that govern asylum seekers. The fourth section reviews the societal interaction and persepectives from the Israeli community towards asylum seekers, asylum seekers towards the State, and residents of South Tel Aviv about the State. The fift and final section discusses conclusions and suggestions for positive improvement and future research. It is the aim of this report to bring to light the real issues that have been and continue to affect the troubled neighbourhood of South Tel Aviv.
African Refugees Development Center (ARDC);
The focus of this report is the collective non-removal policy towards asylum seekers in Israel. This policy, the terms of which have never been clearly defined by the Israeli authorities, applies to most of the 55,000 African asylum seekers in the country. In examining the case of the South Sudanese, most who were deported after the Israeli government ended its policy of collective non-removal toward them; this report also considers the general failure to protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers within Israel's asylum system. By comparing systems of temporary protection in other countries with that of collective non-removal in Israel, the report shows that Israel's policy falls below standards of temporary and humanitarian protection applied in other countries and constitutes a breach of customary refugee and human rights.
The report places the state's decision to end application of the non-removal policy toward the South Sudanese in the context of the current political and social atmosphere in Israel. In the run up to the elections in January 2013, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that with the construction of a security fence along the border with Sinai successfully blocking the entry of "hundreds of thousands of migrants", his party is "now moving on to the second stage, that of repatriating the infiltrators who are already here." Netanyahu added by saying: "just as the blocking was possible, so too the repatriation is possible and we will achieve this goal." Although these announcements have no legal grounding and the great majority of asylum seekers in Israel cannot be deported to their home countries due to different reasons described in this report, they have a great influence on the asylum seekers communities in Israel. The proposed policies demonstrate that the non-removal policy and the decision to cease applying it toward the South Sudanese responded not only to events in South Sudan but to political and state agendas in Israel which are inimical to asylum seekers and which continue to shape the lives of those who remain here.
Center for Civil Society Studies at Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies;
A "global associational revolution," a major upsurge of organized, private, voluntary and nonprofit activity, has been under way around the world for the past thirty years or more. Despite the scale and scope of this development, however, official data to portray it have long been lacking. This report takes an important step toward remedying this situation by presenting a summary of new findings from the implementation b statistical offices in sixteen countries of the United Nations "Handbook on Nonprofit Institutions in the System of National Accounts".
Developed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies in cooperation with the UN Statistics Division and an International Technical Experts Group, and issued by the U.N. in 2003, this Handbook calls on national statistical offices to produce regular "satellite accounts" on nonprofit institutions and volunteering for the first time, and provides detailed guidance on how to do so. The result is a far more complete official picture of the scope and structure of the nonprofit or civil societ sector than has ever been available in these countries.
This report presents the findings from the implementation of this UN NPI Handbook in 16 countries aound the world, including data on the comparative workforce, contribution to GDP, expenditures, revenues, and distribution of activities, and an in-depth look at the advantages off the Handbook approach over the traditional SNA methods of measurement.
It is our hope that this report will help to encourage civil society and foundation leaders, volunteer promotion organizations, and statistical offices in other countries to promote the implementation of the UN NPI Handbook in their countries. The result will be to make the nonprofit and volunteer sector more visible, enhance its credibility, enable more effective partnerships between NPIs and public and private institutions, open new research opportunities for scholars, improve the clarity with which national accounts statistics portray national economies, and ultimately to improve citizen well-being.