Cutting off all means of survival: Organizations Working in the Field of Disability in Light of the Genocide

Cutting  off all means of survival: Organizations Working in the Field of Disability in Light of the Genocide
27, Mar 2024
Cutting off all means of survival: Organizations Working in the Field of Disability in Light of the Genocide

With the genocidal war waged by the Israeli occupation on the Gaza Strip six months ago, the attacks on NGOs turned from mere harassment to complete destruction of the organizations and its workers, causing the cessation of their services, thus doubling the effects of the genocide on persons with disabilities, reducing their chances of survival and increasing the likelihood of them being exposed to new disabilities, or worsening their health condition.

In this regard, the partners in the Stars of Hope Society for the Empowerment of Women with Disabilities (SHS) and the Social and Economic Policies Monitor (Al Marsad) issued an eighth position paper in which they review the reality of Palestinian organizations working in the disability sector in the Gaza Strip in light of the genocidal war pursued by the Israeli Occupation against the Palestinian presence, in an attempt by the partners to clarify the impact of the genocidal war on the ability of these organizations to continue their work, as well as the effects of targeting these organizations on the beneficiaries of persons with disabilities benefitting from their services, especially since Palestinian NGOs provide at least 80% of services related to persons with disabilities.

 As  a result of the current situation, at least 11,822 persons with disabilities have lost their full ability to receive services, while only 2,500 beneficiaries are able to receive services from institutions, which are still operating under a huge shortage of capacities and capabilities.

In this context, we call on partner institutions and official and international bodies to assume their responsibilities in protecting civilians in the Gaza Strip, including persons with disabilities, and to provide food, water, and medicine, and ending the siege. Especially in light of the declining chances of their survival with the cessation of most institutions working in the disability sector.