October 7th Crisis

To date, we have distributed over 60 emergency grants totalling more than £2,000,000. We are still accepting donations for this vital work. You can contribute here.

Our work focuses on 3 main areas:

1. Essential humanitarian assistance for the most vulnerable people affected by the attacksWe have helped fund:

  • homes for over 30,000 evacuees
  • 10,000 food packages
  • Schooling for thousands of young people
  • A makeshift clinic and dedicated team
  • Empowered citizens to know their rights and assisted them in accessing them – one example that helped with this is providing legal support to help evacuees navigate emergency benefits and compensation.

Funded the Hostages and Missing Families Forum’ to secure the release of the 240 hostages and support their families.Shatil and NIF grantees successfully secured government recognition for vulnerable Bedouin villages as populated areas, providing them with coverage under the Iron Dome, sirens and 52 new bomb shelters.

 

2. Preventing violence in mixed cities and promoting community cohesionWe have given grants to local, grassroots initiatives in mixed cities and areas prone to flare-ups, and national organisations that have local branches. We will use learnings from past experiences to strengthen ties, create a sense of solidarity between Jews and Arabs, and influence public debate by promoting messages of partnership and hope.NIF helped seed fund the Jewish-Arab relief centre in the Bedouin town of Rahat. Every week since the war started, volunteers have provided immediate aid to hundreds of Jewish and Arab families such as food packages.Launched a new platform allowing anyone to report misinformation and working with tech companies to remove inaccurate and overly graphic content.Multiple grants have been given to set up joint Jewish and Arab patrols across the country to keep the streets calm, regardless of religion or ethnic background. Volunteers are accompanying fearful residents, documenting incidents on video, maintaining public shelters and other community work.

 

3. Mental health support and trauma counselling

Funded national organisations such as Natal (the Israel Trauma and Resiliency Centre), allowing them to expand their operations, train more therapists, and reach even more beneficiaries.

Supported 30 charities with group therapy and resilience training.

Started a hotline for women to support with employment and socio-economic issues and the spike in domestic violence.

 

4. Planning for the ‘Day After’

We are now looking ahead at how to build a different future, training leaders who will bring about solutions for a shared future and a different political paradigm.Berl Katznelson Foundation is developing a policy plan to establish an ad-hoc welfare state provision for the duration of the combat, which could then serve as the basis for the reconstruction of the Israeli welfare state after the fighting is over.Citizen HQ gathering experts to start proactive media work (traditional and social) that provide insights into foundational issues to prevent further situations and loss of life.IDEA: The Center for Liberal Democracy is creating a multi-media campaign (video, podcast, articles…) distributed on social media against the renewal of Jewish settlement in Gaza, highlighting the dangers and laying the groundwork for a political solution to the conflict.

All donations are truly appreciated, we are still accepting donations for this appeal here.

 

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