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Israel Emergency Fund Allocation Report

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has always been a strong supporter of collective action, including the allocation of resources through our JFNA national system. The majority of our Israel and Overseas allocation supports core funding of longtime, trusted overseas partners. A smaller percentage supports our partnership with the city of Yerucham in the Negev desert, women’s issues in Israel, the Ethiopian-Israeli community, emergency medical response, religious diversity, food insecurity, special needs in Israel, as well as other work in countries outside of Israel in the FSU and Latin America.
 
Federation has taken the same approach for the distribution of Israel Emergency Funds. We contribute our fair share to the efforts identified by the national Federation system and also fund initiatives that are important to our community. To help guide the process of allocating IEF dollars, an Israel Emergency Allocations Subcommittee has been charged with making funding recommendations for approval by the Israel and Overseas Committee and the Federation Board of Directors.
 
Since October 7, Yerucham has mobilized to take in hundreds of families displaced from the Gaza Envelope. With a number of army bases in the region, they are also caring for IDF active-duty and reserve soldiers. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation is providing direct allocations through the Israel Emergency Fund to the following initiatives:

Click here for details on Federation elective IEF allocations.


JFNA UPDATES

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation Israel Emergency Fund supports the work of our partners in Israel through the collective efforts of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). Below are the latest updates about our work.

Click here for details on JFNA's allocations thus far.

July 18, 2024

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Activities

  • Last weekend, the IDF conducted an airstrike on a compound where Hamas’s number 2 in Gaza, Mohammed Deif, who is also the organization’s military chief, was hiding. He appears to have been killed in the attack.
  • The IDF confirmed that Hamas senior commander Rafa’a Salameh, who oversaw the terrorist group’s Khan Younis battalion, was killed.  Hamas claims that 90 people were killed in the attack. According to the IDF, a majority of those killed, including guards of Dief and Salameh, are affiliated with Hamas.
    • Deif was a founding member of Hamas’s Qassam Brigades; he was one of the masterminds behind the October 7 massacres. For over three decades, he promoted terrorism, planned bombings, and masterminded the murder of Israelis and the abduction of soldiers.  In 1989, during the height of the first Palestinian Intifada, Deif arrested by Israel and released after 16 months in prison.
    • Deif was designated as a terrorist by the United States in 2015, along with Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar. Deif has been on Israel’s most-wanted list since 1995. He has survived multiple assassination attempts in the past.
    • Photos of the location of the strike show the scene both before and after. They support the IDF's claims that this strike was targeted solely at the Hamas compound.
  • In keeping with a recent Israeli Supreme Court decision, Israel’s Defense Ministry has instructed the IDF to send out 1,000 draft orders on Sunday to members of the ultra-Orthodox community. The orders are the first stage in the screening process that the military carries out for recruits, ahead of enlistment in the military in the upcoming year. The IDF has said it can draft 3,000 Haredi men in the next twelve months. Prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbis have urged yeshiva students to ignore any communication from the IDF.
  • On Sunday, in a ramming attack at a bus station near Ramle (south of Tel Aviv), a Palestinian drove his car into a bus stop, injuring four, including one critically.
  • See here for a complete list of IDF soldiers killed since October 7.

Truce Talks and Hostages

  • To pressure the government to reach a deal for the release of the hostages, the parents of five female soldiers who were abducted from the Nahal Oz base on October 7, held a press conference and published photos of their daughters in captivity. The photos are part of a short video that the families received months ago from the IDF. In the photos, theappeir daughters appear injured, shocked, and frightened. Some are bandaged. 
  • Gaza ceasefire negotiations resumed in Doha on Wednesday then returned to Cairo today after talks on Tuesday between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and US Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns, Egypt's state-affiliated Al-Qahera News TV said. 
  • Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told his U.S. counterpart that military operations in the Gaza Strip have created conditions that would enable a hostage deal to be reached. Gallant made the comments during an overnight call with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. 
    • Earlier in the week, Gallant said in a closed meeting that a deal needs to be reached within the coming weeks, otherwise the hostages’ “fate will be sealed.”
    • The ultra-Orthodox Shas Party, a member of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s coalition, yesterday called on the Prime Minister to sign a deal.
    • Reports suggest that numerous members of the government, including Minister Ron Dermer, who is considered to be the Prime Minister’s closest ally and confidant, are urging Netanyahu to agree.
    • Israeli media is saying that if a deal is brought to a vote in the Cabinet, it would pass.
    • Nonetheless, some leaders of coalition parties who are further to the right have threatened to bolt the government if the current deal goes ahead. If that happens, the government would fall, triggering new elections.
  • The potential agreement includes a prolonged ceasefire, the release of hostages in exchange for Palestinian security prisoners, and arrangements for governance in Gaza post-truce. A key negotiation point is Israel's control over the Egypt-Gaza border, with a proposed compromise involving electronic surveillance systems​. For full details of the possible deal, see here.
  • Prime Minister Netanyahu faced criticism from hostage families after reportedly downplaying the danger to hostages during a security cabinet meeting. The Hostages Families Forum condemned his remarks.
  • The CIA has assessed that the leader of Hamas in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, is coming under increased pressure from his military commanders to accept a ceasefire deal and end the war with Israel. 
  • See this full list of those still being held hostage by Hamas.

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