Strengthening Palestinians Like Supporting Our Own Families

Sister Family Palestine-Indonesia serves as an answer to social problems in Palestine and an intermediary that brings Indonesian and Palestinian families together.

Illustration. Palestinian Family (ACTNews)

ACTNews, PALESTINA – The Palestinians have been living in adverse conditions. Many families lost their members, homes, and livelihoods. Humanitarian Country Team’s Humanitarian Needs Overview issued in December 2020 reported that, out of 5.2 million Palestinians, 2.45 million of them are in need of assistance.

Of the total needy Palestinians, 1.57 million live in the Gaza Strip and 883.6 thousand people live in the West Bank. Of these 2.45 needy Palestinians, 1.2 million are children under 18-years-old, 1.1 million are adults from 18 to 65-years-old, and 80,000 are elderly people over 65-years-old. 49 percent are women and 51 are men.

To make things worse for the Palestinians, Israel continues to evict Palestinian families from their houses. The European Union Representative and the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah has released a statement against the evictions of Palestinians, calling it illegal.

“In line with the EU’s long-standing position on Israel’s settlement policy, illegal under international law, and actions taken in that context, such as forced transfers, evictions, demolitions and confiscations of homes, the EU calls on the Israeli authorities to reverse the rulings on the intended evictions,” says the statement published in late 2020.

In addition to the imminent eviction that they are facing, many Palestinian families are living in poverty. Sabaah Rehan (55)’s family was among poor families in the Gaza Strip. The blockade imposed upon the Gaza Strip has made their suffering even worse.

Sabaah Rehan's husband died, and her three children are now fatherless. Now, she has no source of income. "I can't work to fulfill my daily needs. I can’t buy food, clothing, school kits and pay for healthcare," said Sabaah Rehan.

Another family living in poverty was Ibtisam Abu Khousa’s. Along with her five children, she lives in difficulties caused by the current humanitarian conflicts.

She said that it was not safe for her and her children to do activities outside. Infrastructures, houses, mosques, and farms have been destroyed by Israeli attacks. In addition, she has no money to pay for her children’s tuition fees. "Plus it has been difficult to buy food every day," she explained.

One of the families in Camp Jabalia receives cash assistance from the Sister Family Palestine-Indonesia. (ACTNews)

Said Mukaffiy of Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)’s Global Humanity explained that many Palestinian families in Gaza had been dependent on aid from people outside Gaza because there was no more they could do.

ACT connects impoverished families like Sabaah Rehan’s and Ibtisam Abu Khousa’s to generous donors through the Sister Family Palestine Indonesia program. "Through this program, we provide basic needs to poverty-stricken Palestinian families,” explained Said.

Sister Family Palestine-Indonesia serves as an answer to social problems in Palestine and an intermediary that brings Indonesian and Palestinian families together. The team collected the profiles of the potential beneficiaries to be connected to the potential donors. Hence, bonds of brotherhood are established between Indonesian donors and Palestinian beneficiaries.

"The Sister Family Palestine-Indonesia aid packages include rent cost, food packages, blankets, sleeping mats, clothes, pants, shoes, socks, heating and school kits," he said. []