More Than Ever, the People of Gaza Need Your Help!
Dear Friend of The Jerusalem Fund,
As of this writing, at least 176 Palestinians have been killed, over 15,500 injured and counting, as the people of Gaza continue to protest abhorrent conditions while Israeli forces continue to respond with lethal gunfire. UN agencies have estimated that there will be over 1,400 people – mainly youth and children – who may suffer long-term disabilities.
This new health crisis is in addition to the already dire conditions in Gaza resulting from Israel’s 11-year blockade.
Economic stagnation has helped create an unemployment rate of at least 44 percent, one of the highest in the world. More than 60 percent of people between the ages of 15 and 29 cannot find work. About one million people rely heavily on food aid from UNRWA, and almost 80 percent of Gaza’s population is dependent on some form of international aid. At least 96 percent of water is undrinkable, and its residents are now lucky to get four hours of electricity per day.
The wretched conditions mentioned above do not even begin to cover the full extent of the misery that Israel has perpetrated on the population of Gaza. A UN report claimed that Gaza will be unlivable by 2020, but it appears that life there is already intolerable. Even if they wanted to or could afford to leave, Palestinians cannot escape, as Israel continues to cage and slowly suffocate them within the small territory of the Gaza Strip.
Every time we speak to our NGO partners on the ground in Gaza, we always ask them in vain if things have gotten better. They almost never have positive news to report. The despair in their voices is unmistakable, and one can almost feel it.
The Jerusalem Fund has been involved in humanitarian charitable work in Gaza throughout the years, particularly since the large-scale Israeli bombardment in 2014 when hospitals, schools, mosques, and homes were destroyed. More than ever, this year marks another situation where the humanitarian need in Gaza is urgent and significantly magnified.
Your support has been highly valuable and influential in sustaining many relief and community support activities in Gaza so far. Impoverished families and other people whose advancement has been thwarted by the blockade and lack of resources, have benefitted from your generosity. We are asking you to support our Gaza relief efforts so that together, we can help care for those severely injured and for those who are suffering from the many devastating effects of the siege.
Every dollar you donate to The Jerusalem Fund’s humanitarian efforts is fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law, and every dollar will reach the people of Palestine.
Please join us in the effort to help these people regain control of their lives and pursue their dreams. Your help and generosity will be crucial to make this a success. Eid Mubarak to all of our friends and supporters observing this holiday.
With sincere gratitude,
|Subhi D. Ali, MD||Eid B. Mustafa, MD|
|Chairman, Board of Directors||Treasurer, Board of Directors|