Winter Becomes Increasingly Difficult for Palestinians

Ongoing occupation, poverty, lack of resources, and the Covid-19 pandemic have worsened the crisis that the Palestinians face in winter 2020.

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Palestinian women cleaning their salvaged belongings near their destroyed homes in the south of Gaza Strip, Monday (1/13). (Mohamed Salem / Reuters)

ACTNews, JERUSALEM – Every year during winter, the temperature can fall up to 5 degrees Celsius in Palestine, worsening their situation and compounding their crisis.

In January 2019, in a cold winter, the Sabbagh family who lives in East Jerusalem was evicted by Israeli authorities. They were given until January 23 to leave their homes.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do. We only have God at this point,” said Khadija Sabbagh, as reported by Al Jazeera.

Winter forces the Palestinian population to be stronger because the humanitarian conflict that they have been dealing with for decades has brought dire impacts, such as poverty, lack of resources and proper housing, and the inevitable eviction by Israel. In 2020, the crisis is compounded by the Covid-19 pandemic that has exacerbated their condition.

This year, the temperature has started to drop toward the end of November, as reported by Meteotrend.

Every winter, Aksi Cepat Tanggap endeavors to send winter aid to the poor families in Palestine. In early 2020, packages of warm clothes were distributed for underprivileged families in Palestine to get through the winter. ACT will send assistance for the upcoming winter.

Said Mukaffiy from Global Humanity Response - ACT said that, currently, they are still raising funds for winter aid for Palestine through the Indonesia Dermawan website. ACT also offers aid packages for anyone who wishes to support Palestinian families, starting from IDR 560,000 per family.

"For Palestinians, winter is a trial, especially with the lack of resources to and fuel for the room heaters. This year, the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbates the condition. They also need to deal with arbitrary evictions of their homes,” concluded Said, Thursday (11/19). []

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