Dear Friend of Palestinian Children,
“ … it was impossible for the inhabitants of Jenin to sleep, young and old alike. My daughter, Salma, was terrified by the blaring warning sirens that announced the army’s incursion, her tears flowing uncontrollably.”
Mustafa Sheta, Director of MECA’s partner The Freedom Theatre in Jenin Refugee Camp Palestine wrote these words on July 3rd as the Israeli occupation forces launched a brutal invasion of Jenin.
You can read Mustafa’s full account here but first, please make the most generous contribution you can so local initiatives can get aid to people immediately.
For 48 hours the people in the crowded and besieged refugee camp experienced an unbelievable nightmare. The ground shook with the boom of explosions; rounds of Israel’s artillery and machine gun fire drowned out ambulance sirens and shouts and screams. Roads were littered with bullet casings and broken glass, and the air was filled with teargas. In scenes reminiscent of the Nakba, Israeli soldiers tear-gassed children and parents as they fled the refugee camp, their home since they were expelled from their villages 75 years ago, in search of somewhere safer.
3,000 people were displaced, 140 were injured (20 in critical condition) and 13 were killed, including four children. Homes, roads, water networks, schools, clinics, and community centers are damaged or destroyed. The physical and psychological damage is immense.
Please don’t wait.
Make your secure online contribution now so that MECA’s Palestinian partners in Jenin can continue to deliver food, water, first aid, and more to the traumatized and displaced children in Jenin.
With appreciation for your solidarity and support,
The entire MECA Team
1101 8th Street, Suite 100
Berkeley, CA 94710