Palestinians Need Our Support & Solidarity!
Dear Friend of The Jerusalem Fund,
Ramadan Mubarak to everyone who is observing or taking part in this holy Muslim month.
This year, the month-long observance of Ramadan begins at the same time that the Great March of Return protests culminate—May 15, the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, when most of the refugees in Gaza were forced out of their homes and lands by Israel.
Despite aggressive, and often lethal response by Israeli forces, the people of Gaza remain determined to continue their peaceful protest till the end. As of May 4, the Gaza Ministry of Health reports over 6,000 people injured, hundreds of them hit by live ammunition, with 44 confirmed deaths. More can be expected in the following weeks.
All this while the population of Gaza continues to suffer the daily struggles of living under siege, with no apparent end in sight. While Ramadan is the time to bring families and communities together, inspiring fellowship and spiritual renewal, Gazans and their compatriots in the West Bank will be facing even more hardships this year.
In Gaza, economic conditions continue to deteriorate, pushing more and more families into crisis. There is a greater urgency to help as best we can to provide even the most basic necessities to the poorest of them.
The water problem in Gaza has been talked about for some years now. It is getting worse. Potable water is becoming scarce, and what is available is contaminated and cannot be adequately treated with the system that—as has been reported in the media and by international humanitarian agencies—is in severe disrepair. People in Gaza are forced to buy water to drink from private desalination plants, at prices that are way beyond what most of them can afford.
Earlier this year, the Israeli water authority that is contracted to provide a small amount of drinking water to Gaza, suspended that delivery for a couple of months, reportedly for repairs to their pumping stations along the border. The flow has not yet been fully restored. This of course places an additional burden on the people of Gaza, who are already straining to provide for their families and put food on the table. It is hard to imagine how those who are fasting during Ramadan are likely to cope.
The people of Gaza and Palestinians elsewhere will be observing Ramadan this year regardless. They could use all the help they can get. At The Jerusalem Fund, we try to extend as much help as we can. But we cannot do it alone. With your support and generosity, our efforts can make a difference.
Every dollar you donate to the Jerusalem Fund’s humanitarian programs is fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law and will go towards improving the lives of those most at risk and most in need in Palestine.
You can also make zakat donations to our humanitarian programs. We thank you in advance for your generosity during this month of charity and goodwill.
|Subhi D. Ali, MD||Eid B. Mustafa, MD|
|Chairman, Board of Directors||Treasurer, Board of Directors|