The major drivers of humanitarian vulnerability in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) remain unchanged. The situation is characterized by a protracted occupation, now in its 50th year, the systematic denial of Palestinian rights, and continuing conflict, punctuated by frequent outbreaks of violence. A pervasive crisis of accountability remains, with no effective remedy for the vast majority of alleged violations of international law, to ensure justice for the victims and to prevent future violations.
Efforts by donors and HCT members to maintain humanitarian space to enable humanitarian operations to deliver to the most vulnerable people are vital. This report covers achievements of humanitarian partners in the first 6 months of 2016, identifies challenges to operations and provides a range of recommendations. In particular, the Government of Israel and relevant Palestinian authorities should fulfil their responsibilities to facilitate the work of humanitarian organizations and donors are encouraged to continue funding the Humanitarian Response Plan in a manner consistent with the priorities agreed by humanitarian partners, including expanding contributions to the Humanitarian Fund (HF).