2.6M PLEAS FROM ACROSS US POUR INTO WHITE HOUSE AND CONGRESS TO INCREASE PRESSURE ON QATAR
Lobbying campaign by Christian-Jewish group spurs 2.6M letters from the American public urging President Trump and Congress to block terror support
WASHINGTON, June 22, 2017 – A massive interfaith lobbying campaign called StopTerrorNow.org has unleashed a flurry of more than 2.6 million letters to every member of Congress and President Donald Trump this week, urging them to put political and economic pressure on Qatar, including sanctions, if necessary, to stop funding terrorism.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship), representing tens of millions of North American Christians supporting Israel and the Jewish people, launched the campaign following recent actions by several Gulf States, including Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Yemen, as well as non-Gulf Egypt, which have cut ties with Qatar for backing extremist Islamist groups, including Hamas, the terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip, and for maintaining ties with Iran.
The campaign aims to capitalize on the mutual understanding between Jews and Christians that Qatar’s support for radical Islamist groups is duplicitous and damages U.S. and international efforts to build a reliable coalition to combat extremism in the Middle East.
The national letter-writing campaign launched Monday with letters from The Fellowship’s founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, to President Trump and every member of Congress, while a website allowed the public to send letters to lawmakers and the White House. The 2.6 million letters got sent in the first three days of the campaign, and continue to pour in to lawmakers and the president.
Coupled with the letter-writing effort, the campaign ran a full-page open letter from in the national edition of USA Today on Monday, and ran digital ads on the USA Today website.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews currently:
- Reaches more than 1.6 million Christian donors in North America and throughout the world
- Reaches over 1.5 million Facebook followers with more than 21 million monthly impressions
- Has amassed a grassroots record-breaking annual income of $140 million from donors whose average gift is $76
- Receives more than 7,000 donations each business day
- Reaches 3,042 radio outlets on five continents by airing five different radio programs in two languages (English and Spanish), with a weekly potential listenership of 25.4 million
- Airs television programming and spots daily on 119 TV stations nationwide with a potential reach of 90 million homes.
About The Fellowship:
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide – and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Led by its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $140 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.4 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto, and Seoul. For more information, visit www.ifcj.org.
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