Last weekend, we witnessed the horrifying massacre that took the lives of 11 people celebrating a circumcision ceremony at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Sadly, we see that anti-Semitism, which is on the rise once again, does not distinguish between Israeli Jews and the Diaspora.
We in Israel are all too familiar with this kind of attack. In 2016, a Palestinian terrorist infiltrated the Jewish community of Otniel, located in the southern section of the Judean Mountains. After entering the settlement undetected, the terrorist attacked Dafna Meir, a mother of six, repeatedly stabbing her as three of her young children watched in horror.
Unfortunately, such attacks are not uncommon, and Israel’s ability to thwart such attacks are constrained. Surrounding many of these Jewish settlements is a vast, rugged terrain, where terrorists can sneak in and out without being detected, rendering Jewish communities in the West Bank extremely vulnerable to the type of attack that robbed the Meir family of a mother and wife.
The Fellowship has led efforts to protect Jewish communities throughout Israel. Our supporters have provided hundreds of bomb shelters and many trauma centers in southern Israel, which has been under rocket attack for well over a decade.
Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria are now protected from attack by security drones and other high-tech measures. The cost of securing a settlement with drones and a Control and Command Center is very expensive, and many communities simply do not have the funds.
In order to protect these holy Jewish communities, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has donated drones to three different settlements as well as a Control and Command Center in Otniel. These drones and command centers are protecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Israelis every single day.
The Fellowship’s security efforts extend beyond Israel and, in fact, span the entire globe. Wherever there are Jews, who are vulnerable to attacks, The Fellowship has provided the necessary funds to protect those communities.
To name only a few, The Fellowship has provided security to Jewish community centers as well as Jewish schools and kindergartens in Turkey, Cyprus, Ukraine, Russia, India, and in Central and South America.
No one can deny that there is a dire need to secure and protect Jews in Israel and around the world against the evil forces that want to destroy the Jewish people. God bless The Fellowship and all the donors who support our causes, especially in ensuring that Jewish communities are safe, both in Israel and around the world.
- Ami Farkas