IFCJ HEAD Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein 370.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews announced on Monday that it
would donate NIS 8 million to strengthen communities around Gaza in light of the
recent rocket attacks in the region.
The contribution, which will go into
an emergency fund, is a continuation of an extensive NIS 30m. project which
began in 2011 and includes a variety of protective actions, such as equipping
rescue forces and communities in the South. The operation is now approaching
The NIS 8m. will be divided into four areas of activity: NIS
2.5m. will go toward the renovation of 50 public shelters in Ashkelon, Ashdod,
Beersheba and Netivot; NIS 1m. will go to the establishment of sheltered medical
clinics in the Eshkol Region; NIS 3m. will fund equipment and training for
dozens of emergency teams in southern towns; and the remaining NIS 2m. will be
used to establish 28 emergency operation centers.
“Improving the personal
safety of residents of the South is a top priority of the fellowship and its
donors worldwide,” said fellowship president Rabbi Yechiel
“Over a million residents live in unacceptable conditions,
where emergency has become part of the routine. This must be a top priority for
every leader and citizen of Israel.”
He added that his organization
worked in conjunction with the Home Front Command and the army “to do all that
is needed of us.”
Home Front Defense Minister Avi Dichter also commented
on the contribution, referring to the fellowship as “a prominent pioneer and
leader for decades in every aspect of community service.”
the organization’s contribution would “enable communities to be active, whether
in the form of emergency teams or the provision of emergency services such as
health clinics and fortified public shelters.
We must remember that local
authorities are protecting the Home Front, and I applaud Rabbi Eckstein’s move,
which will directly affect the million residents of the South.”
In a year
and a half, the foundation has funded a series of projects to strengthen
emergency systems, reaching a sum of NIS 22m. and including the
renovation and establishment of public shelters, the construction of a trauma
room at Hadassah University Hospital, and eight teams of volunteer firefighting
communities bordering the Gaza Strip.
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