Germany and the Palestinian territories: Bilateral relations

03.02.2022 - Article

Germany is supporting the establishment of a future Palestinian state as part of a two-state solution negotiated between the parties to the conflict. German commitment to promote stabilisation includes, for example, helping set up the Palestinian civil police. German-Palestinian development cooperation focuses on sustainable economic development including employment promotion above all for young people, education and vocational training as well as on promoting local governance and civil society.

Germany is also providing humanitarian assistance in the Palestinian territories. The projects are implemented by the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Food Programme, as well as by non-governmental organisations. German humanitarian assistance focuses on food security, COVID-related measures, medical emergency preparedness, protective measures and psycho-social support. The Federal Government is working together with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to improve the living conditions of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East region.

Germany is represented in Palestine with numerous cultural cooperation agencies. The Institut Français and the Goethe-Institut together run the French-German Cultural Center in Ramallah. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports the exchange of students and researchers at Palestinian universities. Many German universities cultivate good relations with the universities in the Palestinian territories. Private foundations and projects are working to promote cultural activities as a means of strengthening ties between Germans and Palestinians. With Schmidt’s Girls College in East Jerusalem and the Talitha Kumi Evangelical Lutheran School in Beit Jala near Bethlehem, German church organisations operate two German schools abroad that prepare children for the German higher education entrance qualification (Abitur) and the Palestinian school-leaving certificate.

Alongside the Federal Government, some of the German Länder are also engaged. There are currently eighteen established project and city twinning partnerships at the municipal Level.


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