Open Doors for Refugees recognizes that the situation in the Middle East is complex and multifaceted, affecting both the Palestinian and Israeli communities. We recognize the importance of ensuring the safety and well-being of all people in the region, including both Palestinian and Israeli citizens. We denounce every kind of terrorism, call for the release of hostages, call for a ceasefire, and affirm the right of all individuals to live in peace and security.
The conflicts there have also led to the displacement of thousands of Palestinians, exacerbating concerns for their safety and well-being. The situation has raised fears about the emergence of a humanitarian crisis.
Despite this, the U.S. admits small numbers of Palestinian refugees
Today, close to 6 million Palestinian refugees, mainly descendants of those who fled in 1948, live in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, or the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza. Although thousands have been scattered in diaspora all over the world, the U.S. has not historically resettled many Palestinians under the Refugee Admissions Program.
Palestinian refugees are treated differently by the UN compared to other refugee groups. While the majority of refugees fall under the UN refugee agency’s jurisdiction and are registered accordingly, millions of Palestinian refugees are under the legal mandate of a different UN agency, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). This agency, funded by the U.S., offers basic provisions like food, medical supplies, and water to these Palestinians, but does not facilitate their resettlement in other countries nor actively participate in that process.
Per the State Department’s records for 2023, the U.S. only accepted 56 Palestinian refugees.
How Can I Help?
While there may be seemingly limited direct action one can take to assist Palestinian refugees, there are still meaningful ways to contribute to their well-being.
From life-saving medical care and humanitarian aid to the distribution of fresh food and clean water, there are many organizations aiding those on the ground in Gaza.
A list of vetted organizations can be found at the following sources.
Thank You For Your Support
We extend our gratitude for your support and compassion towards those affected by the ongoing conflict in Israel and Gaza. Your dedication to understanding their challenges, advocating for their rights, and standing with them in solidarity may one day make a difference.