Israeli-Palestinian confrontation is an unending tragedy that
has placed a heavy burden on several generations of people.
In the Palestinian territories, the civilian population pays
a high price every day for the Israeli occupation. At the
same time, many families in Israel suffer as a result of the
violence. The split within the Palestinians and deadly fighting
in Gaza between militants from Hamas and Fatah increase humanitarian
hardship; the crisis is exacerbated by grim economic circumstances.
We pay tribute to the Movement’s work in this explosive
context, especially the daily commitment of the Palestine
Red Crescent Society and the Magen David Adom, with the support
of the ICRC, the International Federation and several National
Societies. Sadly, while there is no prospect of peace, there
can be only more suffering and more humanitarian need. This
shows the limits of emergency humanitarian action, which can
never replace the only means of defusing the tension —
genuine and effective negotiation among all the parties involved
in this tragedy.
This year will end in an important event for the Movement:
the 30th Conference of Red Cross and Red Crescent will take
place in Geneva in November with the theme, “Together
for humanity”. Representatives of the broadest solidarity
network in the world will tackle four pressing issues: the
humanitarian consequences of climate change; migration; armed
violence; and emerging and recurring diseases. These are inescapable
topics that this issue of Red Cross Red Crescent magazine
touches on and to which we will return in the future.