Israel-Hamas war: Seven ways Londoners can support victims
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The Israel-Palestine conflict has been violently reignited after militant group Hamas launched a multi-front attack on Israel from Gaza.
Hamas fired thousands of rockets at Israel, while armed fighters entered the country - killing civilians and taking others hostage. In response, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared they were “at war” and launched air strikes at Gaza.
At the time of writing, more than 1,400 Israelis and over 2,800 Palestinians have been killed. At least six British people are among those dead, prime minister Rishi Sunak said in the House of Commons earlier today, and 10 remain missing.
Amnesty International and other human rights organisations are calling on all parties to the conflict to abide by international law and make every effort to avoid further civilian bloodshed.
Here is a list of organisations Londoners can donate to to support victims caught in the crossfire of the fighting.
Give It Forward Today (Gift)
379 Hendon Way London NW4 3LP
Give It Forward Today (Gift), headquartered in Hendon, north London, is collecting donations to support Israelis. The charity is collecting toothbrushes, sleeping bags, food parcels, thermal clothes, and other sleeping materials.
Rabbi Naftali Schiff, the founder of the charity said the supplies are going to families who’ve had to flee their homes, near the Gaza border.
Medical Aid for Palestinians (Map)
33a Islington Park Street, London, N1 1QB
Medical Aid for Palestinians (Map) in Islington is providing healthcare assistance to Palestinians living in the occupied Palestinian territories and refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. Map’s work involves supporting medical facilities, providing essential supplies, and ensuring the health and wellbeing of those affected by the latest events in Gaza.
You can donate here to support their work.
Save the Children
Save the Children has launched an emergency fund to help support children and families affected by the conflict. Donations will help provide psychosocial support, education kits, shelter and baby hygiene kits.
The United Nations
The United Nations remains a neutral organisation aiming to bring peace between the two territories. You can donate online.
International Red Cross
The International Red Cross provides assistance during times of crisis, and has pleaded for an end to the violence between Israel and Palestine.
“In our role as a neutral intermediary, we are ready to visit anyone detained so we can check on their well-being and provide news to their loved ones,” it said.
Doctors without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is donating medical supplies to hospitals and health facilities in Gaza.
MSF calls on all parties to the conflict to respect health infrastructure and workers. Health care facilities cannot become targets and hospitals must remain a sanctuary for people seeking care, MSF said.
Anera (American Near East Refugee Aid) is responding to humanitarian needs on the ground in Gaza, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem. Donations can be made online.