Amid Terror Wave, U.S. Christians Providing Jerusalem Crucial Support
The Fellowship provides mobile command vehicle, border police supplies, facility security upgrades
JERUSALEM, Nov. 19 – The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) is providing the City of Jerusalem, border police and local social-service groups with hundreds of thousands of dollars in security equipment and support as part of a life-saving campaign to counter the ongoing terror wave against Israel.
The security assistance, funded by more than $600,000 from Christians across North America, is part of The Fellowship’s rapid response to the daily stabbings, car attacks and shootings targeting Israelis nationwide for the past few months, especially in and around Jerusalem but elsewhere as well, including the fatal stabbing today of two people in south Tel Aviv.
Days after Palestinian terrorists began stabbing Israelis in this latest terror wave, The Fellowshipbecame the first organization to provide direct financial aid to terror victims, awarding NIS 4,000 – or about $1,040 – per person to pay for medical care and lost wages. Already more than 60 people wounded by terrorists in stabbings and car attacks have received 240,000 NIS, or $64,000.
Among those who received aid for medical expenses was an Israeli soldier, Niv Buhbut, who was serving in the West Bank and was stabbed along with others, and is still undergoing physiotherapy. “Our unit is serving under the most difficult conditions. We're cursed and spat at by the Palestinians and we're not allowed to react. The press wants the world to believe that we're conquerors that the IDF is cruel and vicious. The Fellowship's check is going to be very helpful, but the real gift is the fact that Rabbi Eckstein and the donors are telling us that we're not alone and they understand the importance of our work. Thank you for standing with us.”
Along with the aid to victims, The Fellowship is providing a $375,000, state-of-the-art mobile-command vehicle to the Jerusalem municipality (see attached photos). The high-tech mobile communications command center will help security forces confront threats and other emergencies in real time and enable coordinated, rapid deployment to unfolding events. The command center, scheduled to be delivered this month, is similar to the mobile command vehicles The Fellowship has already provided 65 towns throughout Israel.
Meanwhile, The Fellowship has delivered 4,100 specially equipped backpacks worth nearly $200,000 to the Israel Border Police — the front-line force confronting terrorists. The backpacks included mobile phone chargers, fleece jackets, camelback canteens, gloves and neck warmers. The Fellowship also sent a van to deliver ice cream and other treats to border police patrolling around East Jerusalem.
Finally, The Fellowship is providing 11 social service organizations across Jerusalem, including social clubs and soup kitchens, with more than $100,000 to hire security guards, and pay for transporting participants to and from their homes.
The Fellowship’s terror response was coordinated with Jerusalem officials and vetted by Minister of Security Gilad Erdan. The Fellowship’s President, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, met with Jerusalem MayorNir Barkat in October to announce the imminent delivery of the mobile command vehicle.
“I would like to thank Rabbi Eckstein and The Fellowship’s hundreds of thousands of donors throughout the world, who steadfastly stand with Jerusalem in times of need, helping us protect Israel’s national and municipal home fronts,” Barkat said.
“The Fellowship is at the forefront of those who seek to safeguard the welfare and security of Jerusalem’s residents,” Eckstein said. “When we began our operations in Israel 15 years ago, Jerusalem was suffering daily terror attacks. Since that day, The Fellowship has worked tirelessly to bolster Israel and the City of Jerusalem’s rescue and medical services with life-saving equipment and emergency vehicles. I am proud to represent hundreds of thousands of Christian donors throughout the world who continually remind Israelis that they are not alone and who support the country during its most difficult hours.”
About The Fellowship
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein founded The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews ( Fellowship) in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel. Today, The Fellowship is the world’s largest organization of Christians actively working with Jews to support Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised close to $1.25 billion for this work. The organization has offices in the U.S., Israel, Canada, Australia, Brazil, and South Korea. For more information please visit www.ifcj.org.
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