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Don't Fall into the Trap of Complacency

Each day, it seems that Israel is being threatened or attacked by one of its terrorist enemies. And when the Jewish state and its people are not being targeted, it is only because some other group - most often a religious minority - has incurred the terror organizations' wrath. Yael laments that none of us are immune to these threats. And, writing at The Jerusalem Post, she tells of what The Fellowship is doing for the Druze community:I have gotten used to my father, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, being briefed on a disturbing situation and then yelling out the words, “How can this be? I can’t believe it!” and then taking swift action to help where others have failed to.That is exactly what happened two weeks ago when Sheikh Moafaq Tarif, the Druse spiritual leader in Israel, approached The Fellowship asking for emergency food aid for the terrorized Druse families being targeted in Syria.“This is an international headline news story, yet the world can’t get it together to provide food to these innocent people being threatened with genocide?” my father rightfully asked. The Druse leader said that was indeed the case. And, after lots of research, we learned that he was telling the truth. Two days later, my father, along with the Fellowship executive staff, approved six months of food aid for the Syrian Druse refugees in Jordan.Learning about the plight of the Syrian Druse facing genocide was very powerful for me. As I looked at pictures of the terrified eyes of mothers holding their children, starving kids, and fearful fathers, I saw my own people.The plight of the Syrian Druse – and of all of the other innocent minorities being ruthlessly persecuted around the world – is strikingly similar to the plight of the Jewish people before the formation of the modern State of Israel. Today, thank God, the Jewish people has an army, government and homeland to protect us – but for the past 2,000 years we were a persecuted minority, screaming as loud as we could for help, our cries sometimes making headlines, yet ultimately falling on deaf ears.


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