As if the humanitarian situation in Gaza couldn’t get any worse for the people there, the UN decided to suspend its operations over the lack of safety and security for its staff. This after the IDF fired on a fork-lift truck on an aid mission to the Gaza Strip, killing one and wounding two. And also after the Israeli army shelled 2 UN schools, used as shelters, which killed over 40 people. It is so sad that it had to come to this. As unfortunate as it is for UNRWA to suspend its operations during this dire time, it is understandable. How can they help those that are in need if they themselves are being targeted?
It couldn’t have been more timely to hear Samer Badawi, the executive director of United Palestinian Appeal (UPA), a charity based in Washington, DC, speak at the Palestine Center on Wednesday about the current humanitarian crisis in Gaza. He provided some facts and statistics that were both startling and sobering. He also spoke on the choices we, as individuals, have in making a difference for the people of Gaza and also ultimately, in ending the occupation. I urge you to you watch Badawi’s speech in its entirety. I hope it’ll move you as it did me. We all may think we know how bad it is in Gaza right now but we really have no idea.
These are just a few of the organizations that are accepting donations for Gaza relief:
American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA)