occupied Palestinian territory
The humanitarian situation in occupied Palestinian territory (oPt)
took a dramatic downturn early in 2006 when the Government of
Israel (GoI) and international community reacted rapidly to the
results of the democratic elections for the Palestinian
Legislative Council (PLC) that saw Hamas sweep to power. Any
optimism in the air among the various actors in the ongoing
conflict quickly evaporated.
In the space of a few weeks,
international support for the Palestinian Authority (PA) began to
dry up and the GoI began withholding Palestinian Value Added Tax
(VAT) and customs taxes worth an estimated $60 million per month.
This effectively cancelled or suspended approximately 75% of the