The Israel-Palestine conflict is a tense, divisive situation. Rather than linking stories to organizations that are only doing work in Palestinian territories or in Israel (even if they are non-political), we decided to list all the organizations either working toward peace in the Middle East, or working on humanitarian issues related to the violence taking place there. Hopefully you can learn about some great non-profits and find one you feel comfortable supporting.
A guide to the Israel-Palestine conflict
Many people have at best a rote understanding of the history behind this conflict. The Council on Foreign Relations, an independent think tank, has created an interactive crisis guide to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It includes videos, timelines and narration by Middle East experts. It is an invaluable resource and one of the first places you should go if you’re eager to learn more about the roots of this issue.
Click here to visit the interactive crisis guide on CFR’s website.
Organizations you can support
Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education
Hand in Hand: Center for Jewish-Arab Education in Israel is a network of integrated, bilingual schools combining peace education and top academic standards. Our mission is to increase peace, coexistence and equality between the Jews and Arabs of Israel.
With three campuses — in Jerusalem, the Galilee and Wadi Ara — Hand in Hand will continue building community and opening new schools to provide as many Israeli children as possible the option of an integrated, top-quality public education.
Learn more about Hand in Hand by clicking here.
Alliance for Middle East Peace
The Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP) is a coalition of 85 organizations (NGOs), who promote people-to-people coexistence between Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians in the Middle East. Through ALLMEP, the NGOs work together to raise awareness about the extent and importance of their work, as well as cultivate new and expanded resources to support Middle East coexistence.
Learn more about ALLMEP by clicking here.
American Friends of Magen David Adom
Magen David Adom (MDA) provides a rapid and skilled emergency medical response, including disaster, ambulance, and blood services, to more than half a million Israelis each year.
Learn more about MDA by clicking here.
Palestine Children’s Relief Fund
The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund is a registered non-political, non-profit, 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization that was established in 1991 by concerned people in the U.S. to address the medical and humanitarian crisis facing Palestinian youths in the Middle East. It has since expanded to help suffering children from other Middle Eastern nations like Iraq, based only on their medical needs. The P.C.R.F. helps to locate free medical care for children from the Middle East who are unable to get the necessary and specialized treatment in their homeland.
Learn more about PCRF by clicking here.
Children of Gaza Fund
In January 2009 over 1300 Palestinians were killed in Gaza. Around 300 of them children. When the ceasefire was declared, BAFTA winning film-maker Jezza Neumann arrived to follow the lives of 4 children over the course of a year. Through their eyes, and in their words, Children of Gaza gives us a unique insight into the impact of war on vulnerable young minds.
Despite the horrors they witnessed, Amal, Mahmoud, Louay, and Ibraheem 11 still have hope and humour whilst living in the ruins of the Gaza Strip. Increasingly isolated by a blockade that prevents anyone from rebuilding their homes and their lives, Children of Gaza is a shocking, touching and uniquely intimate reflection on extraordinary courage in the face of great adversity.
Learn more about the Children of Gaza Fund by clicking here.
Since the 1980s, Mercy Corps has worked to develop civil society, education and economic independence across the West Bank and Gaza. We strive to empower all segments of society, including those who have traditionally been marginalized: women, young people (who now make up nearly 50 percent of the population) and people with disabilities.
Because of the unique environment within which all Palestinians live, and because of the restrictions on movement of people and goods, our programming tends to be driven by approaches that develop and leverage information and communications technology (ICT) in order to link people and ideas.
Learn more about Mercy Corps’ work in Gaza and the West Bank by clicking here.