The Druse-Jewish Brit Haim (Covenant of Life) NGO held an event marking its founding at a community center in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood on Tuesday, honoring a Druse policeman killed defending a synagogue there in November.
The NGO’s main objective is to aid Druse security personnel and families of slain security personnel and offer scholarships to those who finish their service, Rafi Halabi, Brit Haim’s spokesman, told The Jerusalem Post.
A delegation of Druse community leaders were in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood for the event.
Brit Haim was established a few weeks ago with the aid of businessman Moshe Indyk, and the goal of promoting good relations and supporting the Druse community, said Halabi.
The event honored Zidan Saif, the 30-year-old Druse traffic policeman from Yanuh, near Acre, who died of a gunshot wound suffered during the November 18, 2014, terrorist attack at the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue. His daughter was four months old when he died. Members of his family attended the ceremony.
“Today, Indyk gave two scholarships to two Druse students,” Halabi said, adding that the intention is to distribute 100 scholarships per year worth NIS 10,000 each.