Jewish Agency gives aid to victims in South

The Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror has distributed emergency grants to residents of the South.

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November 17, 2012 23:34
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Beersheba residents gather after rocket hits

Beersheba residents gather after rocket hits 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

 
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The Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror has distributed emergency grants to residents of the South who have been injured or whose houses were damaged by the rocket fire.

The funding, provided by the Jewish Federations of North America, amounts on average to $1,000 per terror victim and is intended to help residents with their initial recovery after an attack.

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According to the Jewish Agency, representatives of the fund visited the homes of families who have suffered from rocket fire and distributed the emergency funds.

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“The assistance provided by the Jewish Federations of North America is a demonstration of the solidarity that Jews around the world feel with the residents of southern Israel,” said Jewish Agency chairman Natan Sharansky.

“These Israelis have had to cope with an extremely difficult reality for the last few days, dealing with the terrible pain of those who have been injured and those whose loved ones have been killed,” he said.

In addition to the grants, citizens who are recognized as victims of terror by the National Insurance Institute can apply to the Jewish Agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror to receive additional assistance of up to $5,000.

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The Jewish Agency says that it has also turned to other Jewish communities around the world to raise money in order to bring children and youth in the South to regions away from the conflict zone, for respite from the attacks.

Sharansky has been in contact with the Prime Minister’s Office to consult on fundraising efforts for the purchase of mobile bomb shelters and other social and humanitarian activities for the population of southern Israel.

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