"There is no connection to politics," said Ziv. "We don't represent a side, we just see an immediate need for blankets for people who have nothing to cover them at night and milk for infants who have nothing to eat." [-]
"You feel the humanitarian situation. Most people here say Hamas brought this upon them, but we're still talking about children who we will have to live with in the future. The people who are closest to this should do the most. It's a basic humanitarian act."
Hillel volunteers "have been from bomb shelter to bomb shelter almost 24 hours a day for the past month," Mazliah said. "Now, with the limitations forced upon us, we have the privilege of helping civilians who are hostages of Hamas on the other side."
The organizers are careful to keep the initiative apolitical, refusing to divulge the names of groups that are helping to collect supplies. But they add that they are coordinating with official channels.
"The only way to get this stuff into Gaza is through the UN and the IDF, and of course they are part of this," said Ziv.
Not all contributions are accepted, she added. "We have a detailed list from UNRWA, and we're following that. They need , nonperishable food, blankets. Please don't send us toys or clothes. There's simply no room in the trucks."
I'd like to draw your attention to a comment left in response to this report, by Leonard, from Toronto, Canada: