Philanthropy's Response to the Israel-Hamas War 2023

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Since October 7, 2023, thousands have been killed and more than a hundred thousand people have been displaced in Israel and Gaza. According to CNN, more than 1,400 Israelis were killed in the Hamas assault, and more than 240 were taken hostage, according to a count by Israeli officials. The Ministry of Health in Ramallah says more than 25,000 Palestinians have died in the military campaign launched in response by Israel. 

In addition to this devastating loss of life, the pain, suffering, and targeting of innocent civilians makes this a uniquely terrible crisis. Notably, there are justified concerns that this conflict will exacerbate existing antisemitic and Islamophobic movements across the world amid heightened tensions, emotions, and rapidly spreading misinformation.

Recognizing the deeply complex history and geopolitical issues at play, we are offering resources for funders to support these current unfolding humanitarian crises. These civilian relief efforts are facing significant challenges, as delivering new aid will be difficult and existing resources, such as medical supplies, are already depleted.

This page will continue to be developed as additional information becomes available.

OFAC Guidance

On November 14, 2023, OFAC issued Guidance for the Provision of Humanitarian Assistance to the Palestinian People, which provides clarity about how funders, individuals, and NGOs can provide humanitarian assistance within Gaza. Notably, OFAC reminds funders to comply with specific sanctions targeting Hamas but reiterates there is no jurisdiction-based sanctions regime. Additionally, OFAC offers clarity around the import of fuel (a significant issue facing relief organizations), permitting this so long as the ultimate beneficiary is not a sanctioned individual or entity.

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