CARE International strongly condemns the recent upsurge in violence in Gaza and the violations of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law by all parties to the conflict, as evidenced by recent reports of the bombing of civilian population, where the number of lost lives continues to increase, including those of women and children.
History of CARE International’s work in Palestine (West Bank/Gaza)
CARE International has been working in the West Bank and Gaza since 1948. In Gaza, people face increasing poverty, unemployment, food insecurity, and sporadic outbreaks of violence. In the West Bank, the rate of demolitions of Palestinian-owned structures and settler violence remains high.
In December 2018, when violent conflict in Palestine resulted in more than 1,000 civilian deaths, CARE Palestine (West Bank/Gaza) distributed food, medical supplies, and hygiene kits.
Another spike in violence broke out in November 2012 and our office was damaged in air strikes. CARE Palestine (West Bank/Gaza) was able to continue its emergency response and joined other humanitarian organizations to call for an end to the violence.
What CARE International does in Palestine (West Bank/Gaza)
CARE International’s vision is that women and young Palestinians will realize their rights, reach their full life potential and contribute to a vibrant, equitable, and accountable Palestinian society. Under the women’s empowerment initiatives, CARE Palestine (West Bank/Gaza) focuses on women’s political participation and social entrepreneurship, supporting their skills and agency development.
CARE Palestine (West Bank/Gaza) has a long-term commitment to engage Palestinian communities in development processes that enable them to determine their futures, realize their rights, and live in peace and dignity. We partner with other Palestinian organizations to better advocate their own interests and rights.
Our work in Palestine focuses on: