OCHA in 2007
Activities and Extra-Budgetary Funding Requirements

coordination activities in the field


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