LAST UPDATED: February 25, 2023
Gaza has endured over 5 months of intense Israeli bombardment, subjected to destruction, civilian terror and recurrent breaches of international humanitarian law. Israel’s use of starvation as a "weapon of war” has pushed more than half a million Palestinians into crisis-level hunger.
As Canada continues to allow the supply of weapons to Israel, there is a high risk of arms and military goods from Canada being used to commit violations of international law, which could make Canada complicit in crimes against humanity.
As a humanitarian organization, Islamic Relief Canada is hunger-striking for an arms embargo on Israel. Canada must also hold Israel accountable for its actions and stop fueling the ongoing escalation of violence and growing humanitarian catastrophe in the region.
Sign up today to join our hunger strike and email your MP to urge Canada to halt the transfer of weapons as well as immediately suspend all arms export permits to Israel.
The people of Gaza are fleeing for their lives as they experience over 5 months of indiscriminate attacks, ongoing blockade, starvation diet, and mass killing of civilians in the most densely-populated place on earth
These attacks have injured over 69,000 people and killed 29,500 Palestinians, further displacing 1.7 million people. 1 in 25 people in Gaza are now injured or killed.
After suffering decades of violence and human rights violations, Palestinian people continue to feel unsafe in their own country. Lack of fuel, clean water and limited food supplies has forced the healthcare system into a state of total collapse, and caused significant levels of dehydration, starvation, and disease among children as essential supplies slowly run out across the Gaza Strip.
Islamic Relief is delivering daily ready-to-eat meals in Gaza and has so far distributed more than 1 million meals, as well as other aid such as hygiene kits and psychosocial support for children – but the enormity of the crisis means that much more is needed.
Support our Gaza emergency appeal and continue saving lives.
As a member of the Humanitarian Coalition, all donations made through Islamic Relief Canada to the Palestine Emergency Appeal from October 7 - November 12 will be matched up to $10 million. Our joint fundraising appeal brought together 12 of Canada's leading international aid agencies in unity for the same cause, amplifying our impact on the ground.
Islamic Relief has been on the ground, operating in Palestine since 1997. We have offices with staff and volunteers who have been distributing all emergency food and medical supplies they had previously stockpiled or could additionally procure, every day since the escalations began.
We are working alongside the Ministry of Health, UN humanitarian organizations, and local partners: Beit Lahia Development Association, Gaza Culture and Development Group, Unlimited Friends Association for Social Development, and Bayader for Environment and Development Association.
From October 7 to February 25, 2024, our team has so far distributed:
⛑️ 2.2 million medical supply items
📦 14,170 food packs
💵 4,245 food vouchers
🥬 Fresh produce to 138,254 households
🍴 1,173,629 ready-to-eat meals + ready-to-eat items to 151,813 families
🛏️ 25,457 blankets and mattresses
💧16,404 people received clean water
🧼 43,970 hygiene kits + items to 236 shelters
🎈61,391children received psychosocial support
However, all humanitarian agencies in Gaza are running low on essential supplies. We need your support to be able to continue sustaining distributions on a mass scale the moment new aid is allowed in.
Your Zakat can help deliver life-saving essentials to communities affected by the ongoing violence across Palestine.
At Islamic Relief Canada, we follow a scholar-verified Zakat Policy to ensure your Zakat reaches as many poor and needy people as possible to transform their lives.
$65 can provide living essentials
$150 can provide a family with life saving food
$250 can provide urgent medical aid
We are focused first on areas that are accessible and where our teams can obtain and deliver aid, working with local partners to reach as many people as possible.
Every dollar you give means we can reach more civilian children, women and the elderly who continue to face hunger, poverty, trauma and loss.
In the face of the most catastrophic destruction and humanitarian crisis to date in Gaza, children are paying the heaviest price.
Nearly half of Gaza’s population are children, with over 450,000 currently left without a home. 25,000 Palestinian children have been orphaned and no longer have the emotional or financial support to survive, let alone thrive.
For the children in Gaza experiencing emotional distress, just $20 can provide group therapy for one child so they can gain access to the tools, fun activities, and knowledge to heal from their trauma.
Islamic Relief has been working in Palestine since 1997. Our work in Gaza is focused on both emergency relief and development support, ensuring sustainable long-term programs that are transformative for the communities involved.
Some of our key projects over the past few years have included:
Distributing emergency food packs and facilitating access to clean drinking water
Creating sustainable livelihood opportunities for 755 farmer families by planting olive trees and providing essential tools for cultivation and irrigation
Empowering orphans and vulnerable children through education and STEM
Enrolling children in recreational therapy and psychosocial services