Greater Jerusalem Access, Movement, and Restrictions in OCHA Maps

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Issue . 63/64
P. 142
Greater Jerusalem Access, Movement, and Restrictions in OCHA Maps

Since the establishment of the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affaire (UNOCHA) in 2002, the office took the responsibility of producing the Atlas for the occupied Palestinian territory. The fifth edition of the Humanitarian Atlas* aims to visualize and depict the humanitarian situation on the ground through a combination of baseline, thematic and closure and access maps. Jerusalem Governorate (whose boundaries are defined by the PA and the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics) and East Jerusalem maps portray the complexity of a series of artificial system and a regime created by the Israeli Authority to restrict the movement of Palestinians.

The two maps also highlight the impact of the Barrier (the so-called separation wall), and Israeli settlements in disrupting the natural contiguity between urban fabrics in the West Bank side of the barrier and those communities in East Jerusalem/on the Israeli side of the barrier. Those maps are meant by OCHA to be used by researchers and policy makers to identify vulnerabilities and humanitarian needs and ultimately design supporting programming.

The third map provides thematic information on people directly affected by the barrier and the Israeli settlements. The map also includes trends analysis of casualties in the last three years as well as the impact of inadequate planning on Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem.

* The Humanitarian Atlas 2015 was published on 2 October 2015, and can be downloaded in full at