THE FELLOWSHIP’S RABBI ECKSTEIN: HAR ADAR ATTACK SHOWS TERROR DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE AMONG RELIGIONS
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews also provides aid to families of terror attack victims
JERUSALEM, Sept. 27, 2017 – The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (“The Fellowship”) today provided more than NIS 3,500, or $1,000, to each of the families of the three young men killed and to one security guard seriously wounded in a terror attack outside Jerusalem this week.
At the same time, The Fellowship’s founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, said the terror attack that claimed the lives of three Israeli border police who spanned the country’s cultures underscored that terrorism knows no religious boundaries.
“This heinous attack that took the lives of three brave young men and injured another defending innocent people underscores that terror does not discriminate between religions,” Eckstein said. “This cowardly terrorist who shot these men did not care whether they were Christians Jews or Muslims – just that they were Israelis.”
A West Bank resident named Nimr Mahmoud Ahmad al-Jamal was shot and killed by security forces responding to the Tuesday attack, in which three Israeli Border Police guarding the community of Har Adar were killed and another Israeli injured. The border police, who knew the attacker because he had a permit to work in Har Adar, were Solomon Gavriyah, 20, an Ethiopian-Israeli Border Police officer, of Be’er Yaakov; security guard Or Arish, 25, of Har Adar; and security guard Youssef Ottman, 25, of the Arab-Israeli town of Abu Ghosh. Seriously injured in the attack was military security coordinator Amit Steinhart, 33, of Har Adar.
The Fellowship’s senior vice president, Yael Eckstein, and executive vice president and director-general, Jeff Kaye, are scheduled to visit the families of Gavriyah and Ottman on Thursday to offer their condolences and to deliver checks for $1,000 apiece to the families, from The Fellowship’s Victims of Terror Fund. They also plan to visit Steinhart, who is still hospitalized following surgery at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem. The Fellowship has provided 208 such grants totaling more than $200,000 so far to a wide range of Israeli citizens whose families have been affected by terrorism, to help provide trauma or psychological care, medical care, or other support.
The Fellowship works extensively to help Israel’s elderly and poor, and to build bridges of understanding between its minority Christian, Druze and Muslim Arab populations and the majority Jewish communities. The Fellowship provides food vouchers to needy Arab Christian Israelis for Christmas, and to needy Arab Muslim Israelis for the feast ending Ramadan, and works to help programs supporting Israeli Arabs serving in the Israel Defense Forces.
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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