Update from CEO Jo Kaplan — Nov. 22

Iranian Hamas/Hezbollah/Houthi-Israel War Update:

This morning, Israel agreed to Hamas’ offer of a 4-day cease fire and release of 150 security prisoners for the release of 50 abductees (women and children).   During the cease-fire, humanitarian aid will flood even heavier into the Gaza Strip. Hezbollah has said they will join the cease fire.

For each additional 10 abductees that Hamas releases, 1 additional day of cease fire will be added to a maximum of 10 days.  Israel approved release of a further 150 security prisoners who will only be released if 100 abductees total are returned.  

It is Israel’s intention to continue with the war after the cease fire.  We will see how Hamas lives up to the proposal.

Emergency Containers Update: 

2 containers from Poland unloading this week
3 containers from UK and Netherlands due the following week
5 containers from California, UK, Netherlands and Hong Kong loading

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Unloading Thursday and Friday in Haifa and Ashdod are two containers from Poland.  Inside are new clothing and new sport shoes.  Nearly all the aid centers throughout Israel are distributing to the 200,000 evacuees from the northern border and from the southern Gaza Strip border area.

One of the UK containers next week is filled with a variety of new winter clothing and toiletries earmarked for vulnerable groups, evacuated families and immigrants to Israel in 2023.

Your financial help at this time will help to bring huge loads into Israel to meet the need.  Thank you in advance for your blessing! 

Displaced and Evacuated Families

Israel Relief Aid is also providing food to the evacuated families at Ben Shemen Village which especially took in many evacuated families with children. Bottles of water, plain cookies, tuna, corn, halva, chocolate spread, crackers, humus, disposable plates, cups, forks, knives.

Update from CEO Jo Kaplan -- Nov. 22
Update from CEO Jo Kaplan -- Nov. 22

In Bat Yam and Hadera, while the evacuees were given hotel rooms, food was not included nor toiletries, clothing, etc. 

Israel Relief Aid has begun giving weekly food provision to the Bat Yam families from the northern border, where bombs continue to reign down from Hezbollah in Lebanon.

In Bat Yam, Ashdod, the Dead Sea, Hevron, Ashkelon and Hadera, vanloads will begin next week of 100 cartons each of clothing and toiletries for vulnerable groups and evacuated families.