Jakarta, The Indonesia Post – A number of Indonesian humanitarian organizations who are members of the Indonesian Humanitarian Alliance (IHA) continue to make efforts so that aid can immediately enter Gaza, Palestine.
“We are trying our best so that aid for the people in Gaza can be received and distributed immediately,” said IHA Chairman M Ali Yusuf at the Muhammadiyah Building, Jakarta, Thursday.
Ali said that IHA, which oversees 16 Indonesian humanitarian philanthropic organizations, continues to coordinate with world humanitarian organizations in distributing aid, such as the Egyptian Red Crescent and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
He understands that distributing humanitarian aid in increasingly less than ideal conditions in Palestine will create an unusual distribution process. However, he said, through multi-party collaboration, IHA is committed to accountability in its distribution.
At the same time, he said, IHA was also collaborating with the Indonesian government to send humanitarian aid from the Indonesian people to Gaza.
“The IHA member network has provided a list of aid that will be included in the official flight of the Indonesian Government delegation which will depart this week,” he said.
IHA condemns all Israeli violations of International Humanitarian Law. An end to Israel’s aggression against Gaza must also be carried out immediately to stop the increasing number of civilian victims, especially women, the elderly and children.
“Limited access to basic needs is an extraordinary violation committed by the Israeli government against residents in Gaza, Palestine. This has violated International Humanitarian Law,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Zakat Forum (FOZ) Bambang Suherman said there were dynamic mechanisms and strategies for distributing humanitarian aid in war situations.
Even though it is considered difficult, he said, it does not reduce the IHA network’s efforts to ensure that aid reaches people in need.
“We are committed that the humanitarian program for Palestine will last for the next 6-12 months considering the situation, needs and recovery phase,” he said.
The Indonesian Humanitarian Alliance or IHA is an organization that houses humanitarian institutions in Indonesia to jointly overcome the impact of the global crisis.
The 16 members who are members of IHA include the Zakat Forum, Dompet Dhuafa, Rumah Zakat, NU Peduli, MDMC Muhammadiyah, DT Peduli, Infaq Management Institute, and Laznas Da’wah Council. (mhn/bbs)