In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Israel on October 7, 2023, amidst endless discussions, phone calls and text messages, a conversation with my business partner continues to stand out. She asked if we should use our platform to send a message of solidarity. Initially, I hesitated. Our brand is firmly rooted in Ibiza, centred around holiday experiences and the joys of the island. While we are committed to supporting local charitable initiatives, we believe global affairs are best left to those more equipped to address them.
However, that conversation lingers in my thoughts.
I am a director at White Ibiza, and I am proudly Jewish. I have family in Israel, and I find myself in the unfortunate position of hearing stories that convey experiences beyond imagination. I share this message with you today to stand and be counted as a Jew in this world, and to offer our readers a way to actively contribute to peace. If I fail to use this platform to address matters that directly impact not only my family, but also countless others globally, I feel that I would be desecrating the memories of my relatives who perished in the Holocaust, the memories of the October 7 attack victims, and the memories of those who have lost their lives in Gaza.
Setting aside political, religious, and spiritual differences, I have compiled a list of organisations operating in both regions that need financial support through this crisis. You can find it at the end of this email. I have tried my best to choose organisations that are politically neutral – no easy task – and I hope that I have succeeded in this. For those inclined to support other, lesser-known organisations, I recommend using websites like NGO Monitor, Give Charity Review, and Charity Navigator to assess their ratings and ensure your donations are directed as intended. Additionally, it’s advisable to search the name of your chosen charity alongside keywords like ‘complaint’, ‘rating’ and ‘scam’ to identify any potential red flags. If in doubt, choose among the better-known entities such the various organisations attached to the United Nations in addition to the Red Cross and Red Crescent.
The issues confronting the Middle East, particularly in Gaza, the West Bank, and Israel, are exceedingly intricate. For those situated outside the immediate core of this situation, largely unaffected by its ongoing horrors – whether in Ibiza or anywhere else in the world – I implore you to extend your compassion to all who are suffering under the weight of this moment. Please be mindful of what you share and post on social media and the repercussions those actions may have. Call your Jewish and Muslim friends – we are not okay. Incidents of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia across the world are rising – many people in both communities are afraid and a friendly voice or text message goes a long way. I can tell you this from personal experience.
If you can contribute financially, please consider doing so, but regardless of your means or choices, your personal beliefs and alliances, now is a moment to stand for love, empathy, and our shared humanity.
Am Yisrael Chai.
May their memories be a blessing.
White Ibiza Director