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Israeli Web3 Community Establishes Crypto Aid Fund for Humanitarian Support

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • Israeli Web3 leaders establish Crypto Aid Israel fund to assist citizens displaced by conflict, using Bitcoin, Ethereum, and stablecoins for donations.
  • Crypto assets will be managed by Fireblocks and require at least four out of seven signatories to move funds; donors warned against phishing attacks.
  • Crypto Aid Israel, with partners like 42Studio and CryptoJungle, has raised $41,000 so far according to AICoin.
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A collective of Israeli leaders in the Web3 and crypto space have established the Crypto Aid Israel fund. We aim to provide humanitarian assistance to citizens displaced by the conflict, noted the website.

The crypto donation drive was launched on October 9 to raise funds for Israeli citizens who are in need of humanitarian aid due to the outbreak of war with Hamas.

Crypto Aid Israel Relief Fund 

The organization will use a multi-signature wallet to collect donations denominated in a number of cryptocurrencies. These include Bitcoin, Ethereum, and stablecoins Tether (USDT) and USD Coin (USDC).

Furthermore, several Israeli banks have agreed to assist with the flow of crypto assets for donations. 

One of the project founders, Kim Bazak, told BeInCrypto they had already received $54,000, adding that they are getting requests to process large donations.

We know that we need to earn the trust of the public, the global web3 community and the authorities, that we’ve done everything in our power to ensure that the donations will get to the right hands.

Fireblocks, an institutional-grade cold storage and crypto custody firm, will store and manage the crypto assets. An organization spokesperson said:

“A strict policy has been implemented that requires at least four out of seven signatories to move funds out of the wallet.”

The organization has already warned about phishing attacks and fraudulent links. It urged donors to double-check and only use wallet addresses on its website. 

Partners in the project include 42Studio, MarketAcross, Collider Ventures, CryptoJungle, Nilos, Blockchain B7, Efficient Frontier, Ironblocks, and the Israel Blockchain Association.

“We hope to raise the necessary funds to provide food and shelter for families who lost their homes,” said CryptoJungle CEO Ben Samocha. 

According to reports, armed attackers stormed a music festival in southern Israel, killing an estimated 260 people over the weekend. Crypto Aid Israel reports that the attacks have killed at least 900 Israelis and wounded over 2,000.

Charity Donations

Crypto has been used for charity donation drives for the war in Ukraine, earthquake relief, and other natural disasters. It is faster, cheaper, and more efficient than using banks, which have multiple layers of restrictions these days. 

On October 10, the leadership of the venture capital firm Insight Partners pledged to donate $1 million to humanitarian aid work in Israel, according to Bloomberg. 

Additionally, analysts have forecast increased market volatility due to the latest conflict.

Moreover, crypto markets have already reacted, shedding over $25 billion since the weekend. 

This article has been updated to add a response from the project co-founder.

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