As organizations navigate the thorny terrain of providing relief to communities in Palestine, the principles of international humanitarian law—humanity, impartiality, neutrality and independence—loom large. These are not simply lofty goals. Because the effectiveness of aid delivery relies on adherence to these principles, it is essential that any aid organization, whether based in Palestine or elsewhere, become intimately familiar with them. There is an additional advantage to understanding these principles: they can be used as the basis for challenging problematic counterterrorism clauses in contracts with donors, be they governments or private sources.

Read the full blog published at Aid Watch Palestine.