The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) announced it would give food vouchers to 380 Christian Arab families in need ahead of the Christmas holiday.
The vouchers, totaling NIS 135,000, will be distributed through welfare departments in 22 village and towns with large Christian populations throughout the country.
“During the period of the Jewish holidays Israel is engulfed in a wave of mutual support and assistance for the disadvantaged population,” said IFCJ Executive Director and Founder Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.
“During the Muslim, Christian, and Druze holidays throughout the year the minorities living in Israel also deserve the same support from society and especially from the state,” he said.
The IFCJ contributed over NIS 20 million in 2013 and over NIS 100 million in the past few years towards assistance for the disadvantaged in Arab municipalities. The IFCJ provides funds available through social welfare departments in some 77 communities throughout Israel to assist those in need with basic necessities such as food, medicine, and clothing.