The Fellowship’s Yael Eckstein spoke at the Knesset’s (Israeli parliament’s) Committee for Aliyah, Absorption, and the Diaspora this morning at their meeting to discuss “Overcoming Anti-Semitism in the U.S.”
While most of the speakers focused on the rising tide of anti-Semitism, Yael spoke about the Christian friends who are standing strong with the Jewish community in these difficult times.
She shared about the planned neo-Nazi march in a neighborhood with many Holocaust survivors in Skokie, Illinois, 35 years ago, which brought her father, Rabbi Eckstein, to the area to fight the hatred. That was when he discovered allies in the Christian community, and a partnership that would become The Fellowship was born.
“The Fellowship is the largest philanthropic body in Israel, contributing over $75 million annually, thanks to those Christian friends and supporters,” Yael told those gathered at the Knesset. “Today, there are people in the Evangelical Christian community, which numbers over 300 million people worldwide, who are real friends standing alongside Israel and the Jewish people.”
Yael talked about the petition against hate that more than 15,000 Christian friends of The Fellowship have signed to declare their solidarity with the Jewish community as they face the troubling increase in anti-Semitism and acts of hate.
“Now, in the Knesset, I must say that if we really want to strengthen our friends in America against anti-Semitism, we must take heed of the entire Evangelical Christian community and strengthen them and their voice,” Yael said.