Israeli Citizens Initiate Aid Shipment to Palestinians in Gaza

By Ofir Kaminkovski
Ofir Kaminkovski
Ofir Kaminkovski
January 22, 2009 Updated: January 22, 2009

TEL AVIV—Although a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza has been put in place, the aftermath has left the Gaza strip in ruins.. Many Palestinians were left homeless, and basic necessities such as food, clothes and hygiene are needed more than ever.

In response, a group of Israelis joined forces in order to arrange a shipment of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

These Israelis publicized the upcoming shipment via e-mail and by word of mouth, arranging pick-up stations all across Israel. Each person contributed whatever he could—clothes, food, mattresses and blankets. The Israelis collected goods throughout this week, and on Wednesday sent it to Gaza.

The shipment will go to the Gaza Strip border, and will be picked by UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East), which will then deliver it to the thousands who need it inside Gaza.

"The effort involves Palestinian and Israeli groups joining forces for this important mission,” said one of the people in charge of the effort. “It's about tens of thousands of people without a roof, running water, electricity, and proper hygiene."

 

Ofir Kaminkovski
Ofir Kaminkovski