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Protecting the Persecuted

Rabbi Eckstein with persecuted Christians in Jordan (Photo: IFCJ/DonnyShawn)

The Fellowship has ramped up its efforts as of late to provide for the countless persecuted Christians in the Middle East. And now, The Jerusalem Post's Rachel Cohen is reporting on our efforts to provide safety and care for those who risk death simply for practicing their Christian faith:

In the Book of Psalms, the Bible states, “Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

There is perhaps no better description of the plight Christians are suffering in today’s Middle East. From Syria to Sudan, Christians are slaughtered for being the other. According to the human rights organization Open Doors, some 215 million Christians are currently facing persecution, with some suffering the worst fate: death.

International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) founder, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, has seen the anguish this has caused those who flee dangerous countries firsthand. In Jordan, the organization has recently opened a clinic to treat refugees from Iraq and also provides some 100 families with food, rent and medicine.

Protecting religious liberty is an important facet of IFCJ’s work since its inception 35 years ago. However, the largest philanthropic organization in Israel has been largely known for its help protecting Jews in dire circumstances, especially from Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union. However, with its “Rescue the Persecuted” campaign, the organization has expanded its mission to help their Christian brothers and sisters.

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