Remembering Dr. King, a Friend of Israel | IFCJ
Skip Navigation

Remembering Dr. King, a Friend of Israel

Library of Congress

Stand for Israel is suspending activity on Monday, January 19, to observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We’ll be back on Tuesday, January 20 — and rest assured, if any critically important developments related to Israel come up in the meantime, we’ll let you know about them. In honor of this great leader and friend of Israel, here is Rabbi Eckstein’s tribute to Dr. King, written 45 years after the civil rights leader’s passing:

Dr. King was also a staunch supporter of the modern State of Israel, which was founded during his lifetime. At a 1968 national rabbinical convention, he said, “I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”

This strong support was reciprocated by countless American Jews, who were some of the earliest and most ardent supporters of King’s efforts for equality for African-Americans. Jewish organizations offered material, moral, and financial support to the Civil Rights Movement. Members of the African-American and Jewish communities marched together to protest discrimination throughout the U.S. – and, in some cases, even died together doing so.

Tags: Holidays , History

Previous Post

Next Post

Passover a Sacred Time to Save Lives

Help the Unseen

You can heed the biblical mandate “not to turn away from your own flesh and blood” (Isaiah 58:7) and provide a needy elderly Jew, like Olga, with food, heating fuel, warm clothes, and blankets this winter. Every day is important as the harsh cold winds descend upon the former Soviet Union. Please prayerfully consider giving your best and most generous gift to The Fellowship today for this lifesaving work.

Donate Now
Landscape photo of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock in the foreground.

Visit Israel

Here you’ll find an array of useful information on accommodations, transportation, exchanging currency, Israel's climate and customs, and much more. So get the most out of your trip to Israel with the help of The Fellowship.

Read More

About The Fellowship (IFCJ)

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) funds humanitarian aid to the needy in Israel and in Jewish communities around the world, promotes prayer and advocacy on behalf of the Jewish state, and provides resources that help build bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews.

Read More