Questionnaire Seeks Input on Ongoing Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Amid Escalating Violence

The ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict has escalated, with recent violence and a severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The UN seeks $1.21B to address critical needs, as mass graves raise war crime concerns.

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Questionnaire Seeks Input on Ongoing Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Amid Escalating Violence

Questionnaire Seeks Input on Ongoing Palestinian-Israeli Conflict Amid Escalating Violence

A questionnaire released on April 25, 2024, is seeking input on the ongoing dispute between Palestinians and Israelis, as the conflict continues to intensify with recent incidents of violence and a severe humanitarian situation in Gaza.

On April 23, Israeli forces shot and killed a 44-year-old Palestinian man during a search-and-arrest operation in Aqbet Jaber Refugee Camp in Jericho. The man was reportedly standing in front of his house when he was killed, and no clashes were taking place at the time. Between April 18 and 22, 18 Palestinians, including three children, were killed in the West Bank, with 14 killed by Israeli forces in Nur Shams Refugee Camp in Tulkarm governorate. During this period, 75 Palestinians, ten Israeli soldiers, and one Israeli settler were injured in the West Bank, and two Israelis were injured in West Jerusalem.

Why this matters: The ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict has far-reaching implications for regional stability and international relations. The escalating violence and deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza emphasize the pressing need for a peaceful resolution to the decades-long dispute.

The conflict has taken a particularly devastating toll on Gaza, where a war between Israel and Hamas has been ongoing for six months. The war began on October 7, 2023, when Hamas militants launched an unprecedented cross-border attack on Israel, leading to a ground invasion by Israel that has caused massive displacement in the region. Israel has waged one of the most destructive wars of the century in Gaza, killing tens of thousands and plunging at least half of the population into "famine-like conditions."

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has released a revised Flash Appeal for the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt), seeking $1.21 billion to address the critical humanitarian needs of 1.7 million vulnerable refugees and non-refugees in Gaza, as well as over 200,000 individuals in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The appeal comes in response to the ongoing and unprecedented escalation of conflict in the region, which has resulted in widespread damage to infrastructure and left the entire 2.3 million population of Gaza on the brink of famine.

U.S. President Joe Biden has signed into law a $95 billion war aid measure that includes $26 billion for Israel and $1 billion in humanitarian assistance to Gaza. The aid package is part of ongoing efforts to address the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, providing both military and humanitarian support to the parties involved.

The discovery of mass graves at two Gaza hospitals has raised concerns that the Israeli military may have committed war crimes. The White House, the United Nations, Germany, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation have all called for a thorough and transparent investigation into the matter. The UN has demanded an independent probe, with concerns that the deceased were allegedly older people, women, and wounded, some with their hands tied and stripped of their clothes, indicating serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law.

As the conflict continues, the Israeli military is redeploying reserve brigades to Gaza as

Key Takeaways

  • Questionnaire seeks input on ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  • Recent violence in West Bank and Gaza, with casualties on both sides.
  • Gaza faces severe humanitarian crisis, with 1.7 million refugees in need.
  • U.S. provides $95 billion in war aid, including $26 billion for Israel and $1 billion for Gaza.
  • Concerns over possible Israeli war crimes in Gaza, with calls for investigation.