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24-May-2011 00:02:16
Commenting on her four-day visit to the OPT and Israel, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said that she was "deeply disturbed" after witnessing the impact of the 700 km long barrier, which "cuts off communities from basic services, denies people access to their homes, and leaves thousands of people dependent on humanitarian handouts." UNTV / FILE
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DATELINE: 24 MAY 2011, NEW YORK CITY/ FILE
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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN building

24 MAY 2011, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Amos at the dais
3. Med shot, journalists
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“During the mission I witnessed firsthand the impact of the Barrier on Palestinian communities in the Jerusalem governorate, and was deeply disturbed by what I saw. At 700 kilometres long, with 85 percent of its route inside the West Bank, the Barrier cuts off communities from basic services, denies people access to their homes and leaves thousands of people dependent on humanitarian handouts. I recognize Israel’s concerns about security, but the impact of the Barrier is devastating.”
5. Med shot, photographer
6. Med shot, journalists
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“It’s clear that civilians are bearing the brunt of the continuing conflict and occupation. In my meeting with the Israeli Defence Minister I raised my concerns about the impact of Israeli policies and the need for the Government of Israel to suspend the forced eviction and displacement of civilians. It is illegal under international law and has devastating long term consequences.”
7. Wide shot, over the shoulder view of the audience in front of Amos
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator:
“1.1 million People in Gaza are dependent on food aid, that is over 70 percent of the population. This is partly because normal economic activity, the kind of thing that would enable people to get work and to feed themselves, look after their families, is not available to them.”
8. Close up reporter
9. Wide shot, reporters
10. Wide shot, dais

FILE – EUROPEAN COUNCIL - 15 MAY 2011, EAST JERUSALEM – WEST BANK

11. Med shot, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, gets out of car
12. Close up, European Union and Palestinian flags
13. Med shot, Georgieva, Amos and Salaam Fayyad shake hands
14. Various shots, Georgieva, Amos and Salaam Fayyad arrive to meet Bedouin community of near Jericho at the West Bank
15. Med shot, Georgieva, Amos and Salaam Fayyad walking
16. Med shot, Amos being served tea
17. Various shots, Amos meeting President Mahmoud Abbas
STORYLINE
Upon returning from her four-day visit to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, briefed journalists today (24 May) at United Nations (UN) Headquarters.

Amos said that she was “deeply disturbed” after witnessing the impact of the 700 km long Israeli West Bank Barrier, which “cuts off communities from basic services, denies people access to their homes, and leaves thousands of people dependent on humanitarian handouts.”

The Under-Secretary-General said she recognized Israel’s concerns about security, but stressed that “the impact of the Barrier is devastating.”

She pointed out that civilians “are bearing the brunt of the continuing conflict and occupation” and said that in her meeting with Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak she raised concerns “about the impact of Israeli policies and the need for the Government of Israel to suspend the forced eviction and displacement of civilians”.

She added that these activities are “illegal under international law and has devastating long term consequences.”

Turning to Gaza, she noted that 70 percent of its population is dependent on food aid, “partly because normal economic activity, the kind of thing that would enable people to get work and to feed themselves, look after their families, is not available to them.”

During her visit Amos toured the West Bank and East Jerusalem where she met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Travelling with European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva, they visited Ramallah, East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank on 15 May, a day of violent protest in the OPT.

Amos visited a school in Khan Al Ahmar, in the Al Jahalin Bedouin community in Area C, which comprises 60 percent of the West Bank but is still under full Israeli military and civilian control.

The Al Jahalin School is scheduled for demolition, because the community have not been able to obtain a building permit due to restrictive and inadequate planning policies in Area C.
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