There are some people in my local community that are planning a fundraiser to support people affected by the conflict in Israel and Gaza.
I was hoping to encourage them to support impactful charities working in that area but I know next to nothing about charities working in Israel or Gaza, much less about ones that would specifically provide assistance during a conflict. Note that I don't plan on trying to convince anyone to give to other charities (e.g., GiveDirectly, AMF, StrongMinds) at this time.
My current considerations are:
- Israelis are probably (relatively) well supported and taken care of by the government of Israel.
- Residents of Gaza are probably experiencing worse conditions, which I expect to deteriorate as Israel continues attacks on military targets inside of Gaza (which are often in very densely populated residential areas).
- So aid to residents of Gaza seem likelier to be relatively more effective IF they reach their intended recipients. It's unclear how big an IF this is. It seems like a legitimate concern that Hamas could expropriate aid intended to civilian residents of Gaza.
- Given concerns about expropriation, I wonder if larger aid organizations (Doctors Without Borders, Save the Children, etc.) would actually be more protected than smaller ones.
Please challenge these thoughts if you disagree or correct me if I'm wrong. I have very weak views and would just like to give better advice to some local donors.