Disney Donates $2 Million For Humanitarian Relief After Hamas Attacks Israel

Robert A. Iger, Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, at The Walt Disney Company’s Investor Day 2020. Courtesy of Disney.

The Walt Disney Company announced that it is sending $2 million in humanitarian relief following the Hamas attacks on Israel.

Following memos to staff and the Shalom BERG group, Disney released the following statement on Thursday:

Following the deadly Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel, The Walt Disney Company is donating $2 million to organizations that are providing humanitarian relief in the region.

“In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks targeting Jews in Israel this past weekend, we must all do what we can to support the innocent people experiencing so much pain, violence, and uncertainty – particularly children,” said Robert A. Iger, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “We condemn these attacks, the hate that motivated them, and all acts of terrorism, and we will continue working to find more ways to provide support in the region, and to honor the victims, their families, and all those affected by this war.”

Disney is donating $1 million to Magen David Adom, an affiliate of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies that provides emergency medical and blood banking services in Israel, and $1 million to other nonprofit organizations working in the region, particularly those with a focus on providing aid to children.

Company employees have been participating in Disney’s Matching Gifts program that matches eligible charitable donations made by employees up to $25,000.

Elsewhere in Hollywood, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has postponed its upcoming fundraising gala. Earlier today, they made the decision to cancel the red carpet. The event previously had the blessing of WGA and SAG-AFTRA. SAG-AFTRA has also canceled picketing in both NY and LA on Friday. The picket cancelations come in light of global threats to the Jewish community. Meanwhile, over 1000 signatories in the entertainment industry have signed onto an open letter organized by Creative Community for Peace. The letter unequivocally voices support for Israel and condemns Hamas’ terrorism.

Am Yisrael Chai.

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