JERUSALEM — There is still a tenuous situation in the region surrounding the Gaza Strip, as schools are reluctant to re-open and rockets occasionally soar overhead, leaving Israelis in fear for their lives. Despite a ceasefire agreement, Islamic Jihad has continued its attempt to kill Israeli civilians, and has now launched over 400 rockets at southern Israel.
Immediately following the red alert when attacks began on Tuesday, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews began an operation to distribute over 500 protective vests to first response volunteers and over 300 meals to elderly and families in border communities. They have also raised emergency aid to fund 5 mobile bomb shelters in the region.
“I am convinced we have the bravest and most selfless team in the world,” said Fellowship President and CEO Yael Eckstein. “Under rocket fire, Fellowship staff and volunteers delivered prepared meals to homebound elderly who called us for help. That means they left their own children in bomb shelters and risked their lives in order to save others. And the meals, protective vests, and mobile bomb shelters that we have been blessed to provide would not be possible without the generous and timely gifts of our Christian friends in America and around the world. May God richly bless all those who’ve been such a tremendous help to the people of Israel as they are once again confronted with terrorism.”
One of the primary focuses of The Fellowship is to secure the safety of Jewish people in Israel and abroad, and each year Christian donors to the organization have provided bomb shelters, protective vests, food and other necessities to those in need. They have helped to build fortified command centers and fortified hospitals, and they have provided emergency assistance in the aftermath of attacks like those Israelis have endured this week.