Supporting the Safeguards of Al-Aqsa through Humanity Cards

Supporting the Safeguards of Al-Aqsa through Humanity Cards

ACTNews, JERUSALEM – The provocation by Israeli forces to the Palestinian worshippers in Al-Aqsa Mosque for the last three years has led to a number of wounded victims. Several parts of the mosque were also damaged due to the use of bullets, grenades and tear gas. Israel also declared the murabitun, the safeguards of Al-Aqsa, illegal.

The murabitun has been relentlessly struggling to protect Al-Aqsa despite the threats and violence that they have to deal with, and despite their own financial needs and problems.

Humanitarian aid has been continuously distributed to the murabitun around the Sacred Compound. From January to February 2019, hundreds of aid packages have reached them through the Humanity Card Program.

“This program is designated for 300 murabitun families in Jerusalem who guards Al-Aqsa Mosque. With the Humanity Cards, they can get the basic supplies they need with the cards that are topped up each month,” said Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT).

The ongoing conflict has negatively affected the food security in Palestine. Reliefweb reported in early 2019 that food insecurity affects 15% of Palestinian refugees, including those living in refugee camps.

 Indonesia’s efforts to support the food security in Palestine has been done since 12 years ago. In 2006-2007, ACT has initiated several food distribution programs. Currently, ACT has made various programs to make sure that the people of Palestine have enough food and other basic supplies.

“Until late 2018, the beneficiaries of this Humanity Card Program in Gaza and Al-Aqsa has reached 50,000 individuals,” reported Faradiba.

Not only in Jerusalem, humanitarian aid from Indonesia also reached the Palestinians in Gaza. From December 2018 to February 2019, hundreds of blankets, mattresses, room heaters, nylon sheets used to cover leaking walls and roofs, even financial aid for the Gazans to pay rent were distributed. []

 

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