SINGAPORE, (Aug 13) — The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is appealing to its affiliates across the world to contribute to a special solidarity appeal it has set up to provide financial aid to journalists in Gaza who are desperately in need of help.
In a statement released here, IFJ said the current limited cease-fire may have halted the loss of life, but many journalists and families are now homeless after their houses were razed to the ground or suffered extensive damages as to render them inhabitable.
IFJ’s Palestinian affiliate, the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate (PJS), estimates that 42 journalists and their families have been displaced in Gaza, 14 of them have had their houses completely destroyed and need emergency shelter.
Twenty-five have been injured and require medical treatment while 10 media facilities were also damaged in the bombing.
The IFJ has committed US$10,000 from its International Safety Fund for immediate use but warns that more is needed to sustain the relief effort and enable journalists in Gaza to get back on their feet.
IFJ President Jim Boumelha said that the recent Israeli military offensive has left total devastation in its wake, adding that apart from the high death toll among civilians, including 13 journalists killed, the houses and lives of many journalists and their families have been either destroyed or badly damaged.
“We urgently need to raise as much funding as possible and as soon as we can to take full advantage of the current ceasefire and ensure journalists desperately in need receive the funds while the lure in the fighting lasts,” he said.
Boumelha appealed to IFJ affiliates, media workers and members of the public to show their solidarity by contributing as generously as they can.
He also urged IFJ affiliates to circulate the appeal to their branches and ordinary members and encourage them to donate.
Donations can be sent to the IFJ International Safety Fund on the following account: The Safety Fund, a/c BE64 2100 7857 0052, Swift Code: GEBABEBB BNP PARIBAS FORTIS BANK, Rond Point Schuman 10, 1040 Brussels Online secure donations can also be made through PayPal on the IFJ safety website. “IFJ Gaza Solidarity Appeal” should be stated.– BERNAMA