Emergency Aid to Israelis Under Fire

The Fellowship  |  August 29, 2022

Fellowship-funded emergency command center in Ashkelon to help during rocket attacks
(Photo: Guy Yechiely)

In 2021, Israelis faced rocket attacks directed at them from Gaza, and The Fellowship stepped up to provide more emergency assistance to those Israelis near the Gaza border. And now, our friends at The Jerusalem Post tell how that assistance – including an emergency command center provided by Fellowship friends from around the world – protected Israelis during recent rocket attacks this summer:

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) has sent emergency control units to cities in Israel’s South that have been affected by the recent tensions between Israel and Gaza

Fashioned out of a previously-used caravan, the unit is a full communications and operations center where city leaders can manage all types of crises at any location within the city. 

“The mobile emergency control unit will further strengthen the security for our residents and provide faster and more immediate response for any incident that arises,” declared Ashkelon Mayor Tomer Glam. “I thank the Fellowship for their assistance, support and solidarity with the city of Ashkelon…”

The IFCJ sped up the delivery of the mobile unit after Israel’s “Operation Breaking Dawn” and subsequent bombardment of Israel by Islamic Jihad.

“As we once again witness the onslaught of attacks from Gaza directed at Israeli civilians, we know that we need to increase our efforts to defend the Israeli home front in collaboration with the IDF and local municipalities,” IFCJ President Yael Eckstein said. “This new unit being presented to Ashkelon will provide the mayor and his deputies a physical command facility to most effectively and quickly manage these events in ways that we know will save lives and enhance the overall necessary response.”