HE Foreign Minister Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah has said that Israel’s month-long assault on the Palestinians has taken a heavy toll, leaving 2,000 Palestinians dead and 10,000 more wounded – most of of which were civilians especially children.
In an article published on the CNN titled Qatar’s Door Open to Peace in Gaza, HE Dr Al Attiyah, who previously served as president of the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC), said:
During the long decades of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the international community has not fully met or addressed legitimate Palestinian aspirations. Nowhere is that better illustrated than in Gaza. Chronically short of food, water and electricity, and cut off from the outside world by closed borders and blockades, the Palestinians in Gaza are desperate…Qatar has already provided humanitarian assistance to the people of Gaza and we have pledged to assist with rebuilding efforts once hostilities have ended. But we are also working behind the scenes to facilitate the kind of dialogue that can lead to a lasting peace. Ultimately, Qatar wants to help the Palestinians realise their self-determination by establishing a secure Palestinian state.’
Besides holding peace negotiations, Qatar’s charity organisations have raised millions of riyals as humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza.
Sheikh Eid Charitable Association Allocates QR30 Million for Urgent Relief to People of Gaza
Sheikh Eid bin Mohammad Al Thani Charitable Association has announced the allocation of QR30 million for humanitarian aid to Gaza Strip, reports Qatar News Agency (QNA).
During the past three weeks since the Israel-Gaza conflict began, the Association had provided humanitarian assistance to the people of the Gaza Strip worth QR11.5 million, including food relief, sheltering and medical items, noting that it has now allocated QR30 million for urgent relief.
RAF to Provide Humanitarian Aid to Children in Gaza
Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF) is planning to provide milk and other children needs in the Gaza Strip, benefiting 3,000 families affected by Israeli aggression, reports QNA.
RAF in cooperation with Dar Al-Quran and Sunnah in Gaza will carry out the initiative worth QR565,000 to deliver the humanitarian aid to the affected families especially children in shelters or mosques.
RAF Director-General and Chairman of its Board of Trustees Ayed bin Dbassan Al Qahtani said that RAF with its local institutions and charitable societies in the Gaza Strip will continue to provide support and necessary needs for the families affected by the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.
Qatari benefactors are urged to support RAF’s relief projects for the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
According to head of Dar Al Quran and Sunnah in the Gaza Strip, Abdullah Suleiman, the provision of milk for children represents great importance to the thousands of families in Gaza affected by the recent Israeli aggression.
Katara and QRC’s Gaza Solidarity Campaign and Festival
On Friday 8 August 2014, Katara Cultural Village launched a Gaza Solidarity Festival in support of Gaza, raising QR148 million for the people of Gaza.
Thousands of visitors attended the festival at the Katara Amphitheatre. In cooperation with Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) QRC, Sheikh Thani bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services, Eid Charity, Qatar TV, Al Rayyan TV and Q-media, the festival comprised of cultural events, art shows and musical performances by singers, artistes and poets. The highlight of the festival was the art exhibitions by Qatari, Palestinian and Saudi artists – in collaboration with centres and associations in Katara such as Qatar Fine Arts Society, Qatar Photographic Society and Visual Art Centre. In addition, Katara and Aspire Zone restaurants also donated their earnings on the day of the festival to the people of Gaza.
In addition to the festival, QRC and Katara launched together a campaign to collect donations for the people of Gaza. Donations could be made by phone or at one of the QRC’s check points and offices. According to Katara, all the revenue from the festival will be donated to people in Gaza in the recent Israel-Gaza conflict. Since 7 July 2014, Israeli attacks in Gaza has left the Palestinian death toll climbing steadily, leaving more than 1,000 Palestinians dead – a third of whom are children, according to the UN children’s agency, Unicef. The UN says 17,000 people have sought refuge in its facilities. The UN Security Council has called for a ceasefire and peace talks.
In addition, donations can be made via phone, text message, online through QRC’s website – or by sending the message (Qatar) to 92766. Donations can also be delivered to QRC’s offices in Old Salata, the Corniche, Al Khor and Nuaija – or by calling 6666 6364. In addition, QRC will be present in shopping malls and centres including City Centre-Doha, Landmark, Villaggio, Hyatt Plaza, The Mall and Al Meera branches as well as Al Amal Hospital to receive donation.
Al Sailiya Sports Club donated QR100,000 to the people of Gaza to help provide the basic humanitarian need for them as they continue to suffer the horrors of Israel’s attack. The donation was made during Katara’s Gaza solidarity festival.
QFA to Donate Sheikh Jassim Cup Revenue to Gaza
Qatar Football Association (QFA) will donate revenue from Sheikh Jassim Cup on 13 August 2014 at Lekhwiya Stadium at 7 pm to the people of Gaza.
Earlier this year, QFA and ROTA signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly work on social, educational and sports initiatives to develop unprivileged communities in Qatar and in Asia.
Woqod Donates QR1m to Qatar Charity for Gaza
In a humanitarian and caring initiative, Qatar Fuel (Woqod), the leading downstream energy company in Qatar, donated QR1 million to Qatar Charity in support of Gaza as part of its corporate social responsibility.
In Woqod’s headquarter, Ibrahim Jaham Al Kuwari, CEO, presented a cheque to Abdel Nasser Al Zahr Al Yafaey, Executive Director, Collection and Management, Qatar Charity, in the presence of Sheikha Sara Nasser Al Thani. The initiative is part of Woqod’s growing support for charitable and social programmes and reflects its corporate social responsibility strategy.