The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews Is Increasing Security at Jewish Centers Across the World
In light of the violence against Jewish communities during Operation Protective Edge and the increasing alerts warning of attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets abroad, The Fellowship is providing increased security for Jewish centers across the world.
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein: “During these difficult days, not only are we increasing our support for the citizens of southern Israel through mobile bomb shelters and emergency packages, we are equally committed to supporting and protecting Jewish communities around the world — we go where we are needed.”
As the crisis in Israel continues, there has been a sharp rise in the targeted threats and anti-Semitic attacks on Jewish communities around the world. In light of these escalated security concerns, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and his organization The Fellowship are reinforcing and upgrading security services at Jewish centers worldwide. Rabbi Nechemia Wilhelm of Chabad in Bangkok said, “There is already security around Chabad Houses in Thailand but our fear is that the terrorist organizations will seek to open new fronts against Israel, including targets abroad. The aim is to increase the current security and upgrade it so that Chabad Houses can continue to serve as a warm and safe place for every Israeli.”
The Chabad House in Bangkok, as well as four other Chabad Houses located in popular Israeli tourist destinations in Thailand, are a few of the centers that will receive enhanced security through The Fellowship. Chabad Houses serve as a welcoming and warm environment for thousands of Jewish tourists, and every week they host classes, lectures, kosher meals, and prayer services for their visitors. The open and welcoming nature of Chabad, along with the large Muslim community in Thailand, has turned the Chabad Houses into a potential target for terrorist organizations. The upgrades and reinforcements will include adding more security personnel and additional CCTV cameras, and improving the physical security of the Chabad Houses.
The recent protest at the Israeli embassy in Bangkok included posters declaring “Jews are terrorists.” The crowd also burned Israeli flags. Chabad in Thailand has noted that during previous IDF operations, Chabad Houses were targeted by protesters. Earlier this month, Rabbi Moshe Ohayaon was attacked in Casablanca by a gang of youths, and a synagogue was firebombed in Paris. Last week more synagogues and Jewish shops were attacked in Paris, protestors staged a “die-in” at a Jewish organization in New York, and thousands of Pro-Palestinian protesters took to the streets in Sydney.
In the past decade The Fellowship has provided over $6 million for security provisions for hundreds of Jewish communities around the world, including Latin America, Australia, Europe, the Far East, the Former Soviet Union, and Islamic countries. The support is given directly to the communities in cooperation with government officials and Fellowship-supported partner agencies.
Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, Founder and President of The Fellowship, said, “The security of the Jewish people is of the utmost importance to our donors, and I am so grateful to our Christian friends who are so supportive of Israel and the Jewish people — especially in times of crisis. We remain in close contact with the heads of Jewish communities, and we stand with them in their time of need. During these difficult days, not only are we increasing our support for the citizens of southern Israel through mobile bomb shelters and emergency packages, we are equally committed to supporting and helping protect Jewish communities around the world — we go where we are needed.”
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 in 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 $130 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $800 million for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto, and Seoul.
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