THE FELLOWSHIP’S RABBI ECKSTEIN URGES FRENCH JEWS TO MOVE TO ISRAEL
After the latest anti-Semitic attack in France, The Fellowship today urged the Jews of France to immigrate to Israel, and pledged to continue helping them build new lives in the Jewish state
JERUSALEM, Sept. 12, 2017 – The founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (“The Fellowship”), Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, today issued a statement in response to the anti-Semitic attack of a French-Jewish leader and his family in their home yesterday in a Paris suburb.
“This latest brutal attack against French-Jewish citizens makes it clear that Jewish security in France is no longer a given and that Jews there should come home to Israel, and we will help them build a promising new future for them and their families in the Jewish state.”
Since The Fellowship began running its own aliyah (immigration to Israel) operations at the end of 2014, it has brought more than 1,300 French Jews to Israel, part of a total of 10,000 immigrants The Fellowship has brought from 26 countries where Jews are facing increasing anti-Semitism, radical Islamic terror, or economic turbulence.
This year also marks a quarter century since The Fellowship began bringing Jews to Israel with the help of other organizations including the Jewish Agency and Nefesh B’Nefesh, which The Fellowship co-founded. During that time The Fellowship has brought to Israel and resettled over 750,000 Jews, thanks to the support of 1.6 million Christian donors.
In July, Eckstein called on the French ministry of justice to declare the murder of a French-Jewish woman, Sarah Halimi, an act of anti-Semitism, which it declined to do. The Fellowship immediately thereafter brought Halimi’s brother and family to Israel. In this latest attack, the French interior minister on Monday condemned the latest attack on the family of Roger Pinto, the president of Siona, a group representing Sephardic Jews, in the northeastern suburb of Livry Gargan, pledging to find the attackers and to combat anti-Semitism.
Last year, as part of its aliyah efforts in France, The Fellowship conducted one of its pre-immigration seminars in the city of Nice. In the course of the seminar, an Islamic terrorist rammed a truck into a crowd of Bastille Day celebrants just a few blocks away. Fortunately, all of the French Jews in the group made it safely to Israel.
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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