AMID TERROR IN SPAIN, CHRISTIAN-JEWISH GROUP EXPANDS EFFORTS TO PROTECT EUROPEAN JEWS, BRING THEM TO ISRAEL
JERUSALEM, Aug. 23, 2017 – In the wake of last week’s terror attacks in Spain, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (“The Fellowship”) announced it is increasing its efforts to protect local Jewish communities in Europe with grants for security measures, and redoubling efforts to assist all Jews wishing to immigrate to Israel.
The Fellowship, based in Chicago and Jerusalem, has provided more than $15.06 million in security grants to Jewish communities in 85 cities in 34 countries since the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. The security aid funds measures such as security personnel, security cameras, protective fences and walls, fortified doors and security systems. Communal schools and centers in Spain, including in Barcelona, Madrid and the town of Melilla, have received grants for enhancing their security, as have scores of other Jewish communities across Europe and around the world.
After the attacks in Spain, The Fellowship said it is evaluating the safety of all Jewish communities and is considering increasing its security assistance by millions of dollars for European and other Jewish communities over the coming years.
Last week’s van-ramming attack in central Barcelona, which killed 13 and injured more than 100, took place near several kosher restaurants. After an extended manhunt, police shot dead the suspected driver, Younes Abouyaaqoub, outside Barcelona on Monday.
“Last week’s horrific mass murder, and others like it in England, France and across Europe, sadly underscores the critical need to do whatever we can to help secure Jewish communities around the world,” said The Fellowship’s Founder and President, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.
Eckstein also rededicated The Fellowship’s promise to helping any Jew around the world who wishes to immigrate to Israel in the wake of the recent terrorism.
“We will be there every step of the way to help those Jews who are threatened by this scourge of Islamic terror and wish to start new lives in their Jewish homeland,” Eckstein said.
For 25 years, The Fellowship, working with other organizations, has helped bring more than 730,000 Jews to Israel, through more than $210 million in funding from its generous Christian donors. In late 2014 The Fellowship began its own aliyah (immigration to Israel) activities, and since then has helped bring to Israel nearly 10,000 Jews from 26 countries including Spain, where Jewish communities are threatened by rising anti-Semitism, terrorism and economic hardship. The Fellowship’s aliyah activities focus on the entire immigration process from beginning to end, including pre-aliyah information sessions, funding for flights, and aid once in Israel including for housing, home appliances, daycare and job training.
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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