Jewish Charity Provides Aid to Israel

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CBNNews.com - One group rushing emergency aid to the people of Israel is the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

They've also recently launched a campaign explaining why Israel is waging war in Gaza and suggesting ways Christians can help.

Code Red in Israel

Just prior to the current Gaza conflict, IFCJ founder and president Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein visited Sderot, Israel. He experienced just a small taste of what many Israelis have suffered for eight years.

"And that is a missile coming in," Eckstein said as a missile exploded nearby. "You don't know where it is going to land. The siren goes off which roughly gives you 15 seconds."

Another code red signaled yet another attack. The rocket, launched from Gaza by Hamas terrorists hit just yards from Eckstein and his team. It was a close call for them, but other Israelis have been less fortunate.

"For eight years - families, children elderly people, everyone going to work, to the supermarket, going to school - sending your children on a bus and fearing that siren, code red." Eckstein said. "This was obviously not planned, but I think you get some idea of what the people of Israel children have had to go through. The time has come when Israel is bringing this to a halt."

Eckstein says Israelis are counting on America and Christian friends to stand with them at this time - a time when condemnation and international pressure against Israel is intense.

How American Churches Can Help

"I'm sometimes asked, 'What can we in the churches in America do to help you?' I believe in the power of prayer so the first thing I would urge you to do is to pray for the peace of Jerusalem," Eckstein said. "Pray for the brave, young Israeli soldiers who are out their and fighting, risking their lives today. Pray that there will be little civilian casualties on both sides."

The IFCJ IS asking people to help support efforts to provide shelters, trauma centers and provisions needed by Israelis directly in harms way.

Eckstein is confident Israel will get through the current crisis, but only with help from God and caring Christians and Jews.

"We trust in the God, the guardian of Israel," Eckstein declared. "And we trust and rely on those people - Jews and Christians alike - who join us and stand in solidarity with us to protect and to guard the people of Israel."

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