This Ramadan, Palestinians Need Your Help More Than Ever
Dear Friend of The Jerusalem Fund,
Ramadan Kareem to all of you observing or taking part in the spirit of this holy month. We hope that this letter finds you and your families well. We trust that you are taking the threat of COVID-19 seriously and using all the necessary preventive measures to safeguard your health.
As you all know, the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has already taken tens of thousands of lives and devastated economies across the globe.
The danger of this virus applies to every single person in the world. But the people of Palestine, living under military occupation, under siege, or in overcrowded refugee camps in neighboring countries, are particularly vulnerable.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the West Bank and Gaza are at “very high risk,” and a WHO official warned that a large number of cases would cause the “collapse” of the healthcare system in Gaza.
Due to funding cuts and other troubling obstacles imposed by the United States and Israel, the month of Ramadan in the past few years has already been more challenging for Palestinians. With the grave threat of the COVID-19 virus and its associated quarantines, increased unemployment, and lack of economic activity, Ramadan in 2020 is going to be the most difficult yet.
Under international law, Israel is required to do everything that it can to stop the spread of this virus in the Palestinian territories that it occupies. Given Israel’s track record in complying with international law and basic norms of human decency, it is highly unlikely to fulfil its obligations.
This Ramadan, The Jerusalem Fund calls on you to please help us to respond to the urgent needs of Palestinians, whether they are due to the menace of Israeli occupation or the COVID-19 virus.
Your contributions will help us to support projects in Gaza, the occupied Palestinian territories, and in Palestinian refugee camps everywhere. These projects will provide food assistance, diabetic and other health services, occupational training, support for schools and educational programs, and more development initiatives in Palestinian communities.
Every dollar you donate to The Jerusalem Fund’s humanitarian programs is fully tax-deductible to the extent of 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, which include the Humanitarian Link program, the Palestine Diabetes Institute (PDI), the Gaza Relief Fund, and the Palestine Children’s Fund.
For decades, Palestinians have been forced to cope with Israeli military occupation, siege, and numerous violations of their basic human rights. On top of that, they must now also deal with a deadly global pandemic. Please help us in mitigating these terrible conditions.
We thank you in advance for your generosity during this month of charity and goodwill. Palestinians need your help now more than ever.
|Subhi D. Ali, MD||Eid B. Mustafa, MD|
|Chairman, Board of Directors||Treasurer, Board of Directors|