Crisis Response – Israel News


Israel at War – Updates from July 24, 2024

It has been more than 9 months since Hamas terrorists plunged Israel into war. Six months later, on April 13, 2024, the nation was attacked by Iran. Now, war in the north looms, with endless rocket attacks by Hezbollah. Israel is truly being targeted on all sides. 

Hamas took 251 innocent people hostage in the October 7 attacks.  

116 hostages are still being held. It’s been nine months since they’ve seen their families. Nine months since they’ve hugged a loved one. Nine months since they’ve known freedom.  

The need to help Israel and her people has never been greater. As Israel endures these unprecedented attacks, The Fellowship has been supporting the people of Israel with thousands of meals, bomb shelters, and more – and we’re committed to continuing that support. 

During this time of crisis, we urgently need your help.  

In the last three months, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran have fired tens of thousands of rockets at Israel, displaced hundreds of thousands of Israelis, and torn entire communities apart. It has been a long fight… and it doesn’t seem likely to end soon. Your gift today can help us provide the much-needed resources to Jews who depend on us for critical humanitarian aid.

The Fellowship’s Impact

The Fellowship is assessing needs daily, as we are receiving an overwhelming number of requests for aid. Our initial focus will be delivering aid to three populations hardest-hit by this crisis:

· Evacuees from war-torn areas, who were forced to leave their homes

· First responders and volunteers who need medical equipment

· Elderly beneficiaries, families, and new olim (immigrants), who need necessities like food, water, medical equipment, and psychological counseling to deal with trauma

In total, The Fellowship has distributed more than $75 million in emergency aid to communities and residents in regions of Israel most heavily affected by the devastating terror attacks.

Help Israel Now with Your Donation 

In these difficult times, every donation, big or small, contributes to a larger impact, giving hope to those facing the horrors of war. 

Your donation today could provide an essential food box and lifesaving aid to a Jewish person in need. Every blessing is a way to ease the burdens of those in need in Israel and her people during this moment of uncertainty—a way to share what we have with those who have lost everything. 


Families

Games for Netivot Children-shelter
  • The Fellowship has set up an Emergency Response Center in Ramle, where local authorities are helping families locate their loved ones
  • We’re supplying entertainment kits for children in Sderot and Netivot who have been forced to stay in their bomb shelters since October
  • We’re supplying 600 food cards to families evacuated for their own safety from the region
  • More than $500,000 ($1,250 per family) will be distributed to 400 families of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) personnel that were injured in combat
  • Distribution of 1,600 grants of about $1,250 each to families evacuated from the southern areas hardest hit by the conflict

Aid

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  • 5,850 prepared meals and 70 food boxes were given to elderly besieged in their homes during the first week of the conflict
  • We’re providing thousands of meals for elderly in the southern towns of Netivot, Sderot, and Ofakim
  • We’re providing clothing, food, and transportation for the city of Be’er Sheva
  • Mobile units are supplying food, water, and a listening ear for those seeking information on their missing loved ones
  • The transfer of $500,000 (with a matching commitment from the Israel Lottery Commission, for a total of $1 million) to communities on the Gaza border to address immediate critical needs such as food, medication, transportation, and therapy services

Security

Man carrying child walking through destruction in Israel
  • Supplying 5,038 ballistic and protective flak jackets to firefighters and emergency teams
  • Transportation and installation of 30 portable bomb shelters—during the first week of the crisis—along the northern border and in the Galilee region
  • Distributing 1,200 medical and equipment bags to paramedics and other emergency teams
  • A grant of more than $375,000 to NETEL (Victims of Trauma from Terror Activities) to increase their support hotlines, which have seen a 6,000% jump in calls since the outbreak of the war
  • 2,900 helmets for members of standby emergency teams in northern and southern Israel

*Numbers are reported from July 24, 2024 and are subject to change.


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Soup Kitchen Meal Deliveries Continue in War Zone

The Fellowship  |  July 18, 2024
It’s a miracle that Beit Batya Soup Kitchen continues to operate even after being struck by a Hezbollah missile.
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$2 Million Food Security Initiative to Support Israeli Farmers

The Fellowship  |  July 18, 2024
We are partnering with HaShomer HaChadash in a new food security initiative to assist farmers in need after extensive damage to their fields from war and rocket fire.
Bishop Paul Lanier speaking with Lieutenant Colonel Yossi Tubur near Kibbutz Magen.

Faces of Iron: Yossi

Stand for Israel  |  July 17, 2024
One of the brave security officers who ran toward danger and saved lives on October 7th is Yossi, truly one of Israel’s Faces of Iron. When Hamas overran the area, Yossi jumped into action, heading out to the road and taking the fight to the terrorists. When Yossi was hit by a terrorist bullet, the flak jacket he wore from The Fellowship miraculously stopped the bullet, saving his life. Yossi thanks you for providing the support and strength that saved him and so many others from the Hamas attacks. “Every vest that you give saves a life.”
Tamar, survivor of terror attack on October 7, 2023.

Faces of Iron: Tamar

Stand for Israel  |  July 17, 2024
“Ever since I can remember, I have believed in God.” This is how 83-year-old Tamar begins her story of survival on October 7th. Trapped in a saferoom with her grandchildren—her grandson holding the door shut even as he bled from a gunshot wound—Tamar and her family survived that day, unlike many loved ones and neighbors. And the continue to survive and stay strong, because of The Fellowship and our faithful supporters, who Tamar says are “like a ray of light in my life.”
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Locals Become Firefighters as Israel’s Northern Forests Burn

Stand for Israel  |  July 17, 2024
Locals and volunteers are helping to manage the burned land in Israel’s north from fires ignited by Hezbollah rockets.
Families of Israeli observation soldiers who were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists from Nahal Oz surveillance outpost on October 7, speak to press in Tel Aviv, July 16, 2024.

Hostage Families Release Photos of 5 Female Soldiers from Early Days of Captivity

Stand for Israel  |  July 16, 2024
We continue to pray that all the hostages will come home soon, like the five female IDF soldiers who were kidnapped and are still held in Gaza.