Jeff Kaye, who works in The Fellowship’s Israel office, went to Haifa this morning to get a firsthand view of the damage caused by the recent wildfires and to see where The Fellowship can offer the most help.
Fellowship Bridge Blog - Crisis and need
Fellowship Bridge Blog
Since last Tuesday, wildfires have done extensive damage in northern Israel, destroying more than 1,000 homes and forcing large-scale evacuations. Dozens of firefighting crews have been battling the blaze, including assistance from Palestinian and Greek officials. Egypt and Jordan have offered aid as well. Ynet reports on the extent of the damage, as well as The Fellowship’s immediate assistance.
For the second day, firefighters continued to battle wildfires in northern Israel, which have caused injuries and evacuations in a wide region between Haifa and Jerusalem. Israeli media reported that homes have been destroyed in the northern town of Zichron Ya’akov near Caesarea and surrounding areas, forcing families to flee without any belonging and with nowhere to go. Immediately The Fellowship responded by assessing the needs of these desperate families in Zichron Ya’akov and preparing to issue an emergency grant to help them with temporary accommodations, food, clothing, and other basic necessities.
Four-year-old Semin fled to the northeastern Ukrainian city of Sumy with his parents and grandmother this past winter. Their hometown of Lugansk had descended into violence, the scene of constant clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian soldiers. Thankfully, they can rely on The Fellowship!
A deadly shooting took place yesterday in Jerusalem, killing two and wounding five. The gunman, a Palestinian terrorist, opened fire near the Holy City’s Ammunition Hill. Those killed include Lavana Malihi, a 60-year-old pensioner, and Yosef Kirma, a 29-year-old police officer who responded to the attack and was critically wounded in a shootout with the attacker. Yosef’s widow spoke heartfelt words about him at his funeral yesterday.