The Walt Disney Company has announced that it is donating $2 million to organizations providing humanitarian relief to those affected by the Israel-Hamas war.
“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 Bob Iger, CEO of 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, which is part of the Red Cross Red Crescent movement and provides emergency medical and blood banking services in Israel, as well as $1 million to other nonprofit organizations in the region with a focus on providing aid to children.
In announcing their donation on Thursday evening, Disney also said that the company is matching charitable donations from Disney employees up to $25,000.
Disney is not alone in announcing donations for relief in Israel. On Friday, Comcast also committed $2 million to aid the humanitarian efforts unfolding in Israel and the Middle East, Variety has learned. Comcast’s donation includes $1.5 million immediately to Save the Children Federation Inc., Doctors Without Borders, Direct Relief and American Friends of Magen David Adom. Additionally, the company is donating up to $500,000 for all employee donations to those organizations, in addition to contributions that were already made by Comcast’s matching gift program.
Earlier in the week, Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts and president Mike Cavanagh addressed staff in an internal memo, obtained by Variety. “We are horrified and deeply saddened by the brutal attack on Israel,” the executives wrote. “Our hearts go out to the families who have lost their loved ones through unspeakable acts of terrorism and the devastation of war.”
No donations have been announced in aid of the Palestinian people.