Japan should focus on aid to the Japanese not Palestinians

First brick laid by Palestinian Prime Minister for new UN joint programme in Area C funded by Japan

Aqabat Jaber Camp, Jericho 10 March 2011 – On the occasion of the first National Advisory Forum of the United Nations (UN) Joint Programme: “Livelihoods Protection and Sustainable Empowerment of Vulnerable Rural and Refugee Communities in the Jordan Valley”, the Palestinian Prime Minister, Dr. Salam Fayyad, together with the Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, Naofumi Hashimoto and the UN Resident Coordinator in the occupied Palestinian territory, Maxwell Gaylard, laid the first brick of an adobe structure that will benefit over 100 women and children as a women’s community centre at the Aqabat Jaber Camp in Jericho. The adobe building will in the initial phase of the project serve as a to-scale proto-type of the adobe technique introduced by UNESCO under this joint programme and has benefits in terms of affordability and environmental sustainability for high quality shelter. Significantly, the first adobe structure will provide a community space for women refugees, both groups, a focus of the programme.

The ceremony was attended by Palestinian Authority and UN representatives, local community and as well as local NGOs.

Speaking at the event Maxwell Gaylard stated, ” Creative solution and real systems are needed to give people sustainable building blocks to maintain their dignity and livelihood. Human security connects interrelated and interdependent types of freedoms – freedom from want and freedom from fear.”

The joint programme brings together four UN agencies; FAO, UN WOMEN, UNRWA and UNESCO; in a collective effort to address challenges to human security in the Jordan Valley. Developed in partnership with the Palestinian Authority and local communities, and funded by the Government of Japan through the UN Human Security Trust Fund in New York, the three-year programme strives to protect the livelihoods of vulnerable Palestinian households and support the cultural and economic empowerment of communities.

The Palestinian population in Area C is one of the most vulnerable and marginalized in the occupied Palestinian territory. Communities face a range of difficulties, including restrictions on freedom of movement and access to land and water resources, settler violence, limited services, home demolitions, and forced evacuations. This has resulted in the deterioration of living conditions, destruction of livelihoods and increased poverty and displacement. Socio-economic conditions in Area C are comparable and often worse than in the Gaza Strip.

The programme focuses on improving economic security and livelihoods of the most vulnerable households through income generating activities; improving skills and knowledge of farmers, refugees, women and youth and benefits approximately a quarter of the Area C population, or 13,140 individuals.

For families in the Jordan Valley, the programme provides income generating opportunities through vocational and technical support in the areas of good agricultural practices, agricultural machinery, food processing and marketing, and traditional and environment friendly construction methods

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  1. On the 11th of this month, four of six nuclear reactors in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture were seriously damaged when their cooling systems were disabled by the combination of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that wreaked so much death and destruction in the north of the country. The condition of the other two reactors has not yet been discussed in the media, but even if they are intact, public and political pressure, and perhaps even radiation from the damaged reactors, may prevent their use.

    Until this month’s disaster, nuclear energy provided about a third of Japan’s electrical power needs. Imported coal and oil provided most of the other two thirds. Now, Japan will be all the more dependent on its oil imports. This will tend to make her more sensitive to the political likes and dislikes of its oil suppliers.

    Regarding those suppliers — we are witnessing a wave of apparent change in the Middle East that will probably produce an even more Islamicised Middle East. The new regimes may be more willing than their predecessors to use oil as a political tool. I say this in relation to Libya, which provides a significant amount of Europe’s petroleum. It’s only a matter of time until the Saudi monarchy falls, too.

  2. Japan should dig in! More money to the Palihood! Double the sentences of the bochurim! When the silos melt, we’ll see which way the wind blows. Heh.

  3. Hashem plays hardball. Perhaps Japan should reconsider what they are doing in helping the enemies of Israel to become further entrenched inside Israel. If the government of Japan cannot learn a lesson the easy way they will have to learn it the hard way as is now happening. Jews too keep violating the Torah and that is why we also have suffered.