The AJC made an initial donation on Sunday of $100,000 to Israel relief organizations assisting the communities affected by the Carmel fire.
The AJC office in Jerusalem will announce the recipients of the donation after completing an assessment of the tragedy.“We are deeply moved by the dedication and courage of the firefighters, police, soldiers and other rescue workers engaged in fighting the blaze and its devastating effect,” AJC President Robert Elman and Executive Director David Harris wrote in a letter delivered to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“We extend our condolences to the families of the dead, pray for the wounded, and mourn the devastating destruction wrought on the Carmel Mountain area,” said Harris.
In addition, AJC has reopened its Israel Emergency Assistance Fund which enabled individuals to contribute to the rescue and recovery efforts AJC supports. Donations can be made at www.ajc.org.
“We are gratified that so many nations have mobilized to support Israel with the same urgency with which Israel responds to humanitarian emergencies around the world,” said Harris. “It is heartening to see that in such moments of crisis, even the most acute political differences can be overcome.”
“This outpouring of international goodwill and solidarity for Israel is very moving,” added Harris.