Continued conflict in Israel and Palestine

The Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip continues to affect all aspects of life for Palestinians. Access to health services, education, and water resources are all impeded by the restrictions imposed by the occupation. The Oslo Accords, celebrated 25 years ago, have failed to create peace for Israelis and Palestinians.

Economic hardship plagues both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, where 2017 World Bank estimates put unemployment at 27 percent, with unemployment in the Gaza Strip alone reaching 44 percent. Restrictions on movement and access continue to hamper growth prospects. While humanitarian assistance continues to sustain life in the Palestinian territory, it is evident that the aid programs can never achieve political solutions. These solutions need to be based on the principles of human rights and international law.

Israeli settlement expansion continues on Palestinian land, with over 120 government-sanctioned settlements in the West Bank (not including East Jerusalem) and 100 settlements built without official authorization, but with Israeli government support and assistance (known as “illegal outposts”) throughout the West Bank. In 2017 alone, 351 Palestinian structures were demolished by Israel with 528 people being displaced. Since the “Great March of Return” protests in Gaza in March 2018, nearly 20,000 Palestinians have been injured and more than 180 have been killed by the Israeli military.

What we’re doing in Jerusalem program

The LWF has been serving the needs of Palestinian refugees in the Palestinian Territories for some 70 years. As a major Christian presence on the Mount of Olives, we provide access to health rights and quality health services. We also foster sustainable livelihoods by ensuring marginalized groups have increased access to employment opportunities and vocational training. Our work also promotes justice, peace and reconciliation through advocacy, humanitarian and development programs.

Through Augusta Victoria Hospital (AVH), the LWF provides life-saving health care for Palestinians from across the West Bank and Gaza with services such as radiotherapy for cancer and pediatric hemodialysis that are available nowhere else to these Palestinians.

Responding to community needs and in coordination with the Palestinian Ministry of Health, AVH has centers of excellence including the Comprehensive Cancer Care unit, which caters for chemotherapy, radiotherapy and cancer surgery for adults and children along with the recent introduction of bone marrow transplantation.

The hospital also provides comprehensive treatment and care for diabetes, kidney dialysis, specialty surgery for ear, nose and throat cases, as well as skilled nursing and long-term care expertise. Our health programs reach remote areas throughout the West Bank and facilitate early detection of cancer and diabetes.

Our economic empowerment and vocational training program has worked with Palestinian youth and civil society since 1949. We offer training in automobile repair, carpentry, catering, craft and metalwork, plumbing and central heating, secretarial and telecommunications services. Apprentice training and satellite outreach in remote villages are part of the program.

The LWF programs are operational in East Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza. The LWF historic campus, built in 1907 on the Mount of Olives, hosts not only the Augusta Victoria Hospital and other health programs but also the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and other activities of the LWF and its partners.

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