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 have been displaced in Israel and Gaza. Latest estimates say that more than 11,100 Palestinian have been killed, nearly 5,000 of which were children. 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 this current unfolding humanitarian crisis. These civilian relief efforts are facing significant challenges, especially in Gaza, 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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