International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

Israeli Border Guard, 19, Killed in Terror Attack

iitnHadar Cohen, an officer with Israel’s border police, was shot during an attack by three Palestinian terrorists outside the gates to Jerusalem’s Old City earlier this week. The 19-year-old later died of her wounds. Reports indicated that the three suspects, who were later shot and killed, were planning a larger, coordinated attack on civilians inside the Old City.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Nine Hamas operatives were killed in two separate incidents where terror tunnels that reached deep into Israeli territory had collapsed. The tunnels have been used to smuggle weapons and launch attacks on Israeli citizens.
• This week President Obama made a controversial visit to a mosque in Baltimore to advocate distinguishing between radical Islamists and peaceful Muslims.
• While recent reports indicate that ISIS has lost major ground in Iraq, the extremist terror group issued a threat to Israelis that they “have not forgotten Israel and are getting closer every day.”
• While the media spotlight on the region has faded, the situation in Ukraine has worsened with continuing attacks from Russian-backed rebels and deteriorating living conditions.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein on the worsening conditions in Ukraine.

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Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 8:50 PM  | Stand for Israel

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Honors Victims

iitnWednesday, January 27, was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. More than 6 million of the 11 million Jews living in Europe at that time were systematically murdered by the Nazis. While others observed this tragic chapter in history, the supreme leader of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, posted a video denying the magnitude of the Holocaust and condemning nations who support Israel.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• In another wave of terror attacks this week, a 23-year-old Israeli woman died from her wounds in a West Bank stabbing. On Wednesday, an Israeli man was seriously injured in another stabbing attack at a gas station north of Jerusalem.
• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Israel’s relationship with the U.S. and reacted to the Iran nuclear deal at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland.
• A Fellowship-sponsored survey revealed that 18 percent of elderly in Israel go without heat in the winter because they cannot afford to pay their heating bill. The Fellowship’s Winter Warmth campaign begins this month providing heating units, clothes, and funds to pay energy bills for the elderly and needy.
• Hackers broke into Israel’s power grid, one of the most sophisticated in the world, paralyzing computers at the country’s Electricity Authority.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Ami Farkas on remembering the plight of Israel’s elderly during the winter.

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Thursday, January 28th, 2016 at 4:54 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israeli Mother of 6 Killed in Terror Attack

iitnOn Sunday, Jan. 17, an Israeli mother of six, Dafna Meir, was stabbed and killed in the doorway of her home by a Palestinian terrorist. Her death marked the latest tragedy in the ongoing spree of terror attacks in Israel. To date, at least 24 Israelis and one American have been killed by Palestinian terrorists.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• A terror cell that was recruited to conduct suicide bombings and shootings in Israel was uncovered Wednesday. The cell was operated by the son of Hezbollah’s chief leader.
• Four Americans held in prison by Iran, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, returned home this week.
• Since December 2014, The Fellowship has helped more than 2,000 persecuted Jews make a new life in Israel, providing them a range of assistance in adjusting to their new home.
• Nearly 10,000 Jews from Western Europe have immigrated to Israel in 2015 — the largest number ever. The majority have come from France where there has been a rise in anti-Semitism.
• In Iraq, ISIS has destroyed the oldest Christian monastery in that country. More than 100 structures from antiquity have been demolished by ISIS.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild with a tribute to terror victim Dafna Meir.

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Thursday, January 21st, 2016 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Israeli Airstrike Targets Terrorists in Gaza

iitnThe Israeli military said that it carried out an airstrike in the Gaza Strip that targeted a group of terrorists who were placing explosives along the Israeli-Palestinian border. One terrorist was reported killed in the attack.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• A string of terrorist attacks were carried out in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta on Thursday, with three suicide bombers detonating themselves inside a Starbucks, and two gunman targeting a local police post.
• The Jewish community in France is on the alert after a Jewish teacher in Marseilles was stabbed. Some Jewish leaders are telling Jews not to wear their traditional skull cap – or kippah — in public.
The Fellowship is working with the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum, headed by Father Gabriel Naddaf, to help fund scholarships for Israeli-Arab Christians.
• In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Fellowship is sponsoring a joint celebration with the Adat Shalom Synagogue and the Russell Street Baptist Church in Detroit.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Thursday, January 14th, 2016 at 4:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Manhunt Continues After Tel Aviv Shooting That Killed Two

iitnA manhunt is on after an Arab-Israeli man opened fire in a bar in Tel Aviv on New Year’s Day, killing two and injuring several others. The suspect, Nashat Milhem, is still at large, possibly hiding in the West Bank. Milhem is also suspected of killing a taxi driver shortly after fleeing the scene.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Palestinian terror attacks continue in Israel with more stabbings in the West Bank. Since mid-September, more than 21 Israelis have been killed and hundreds wounded in a wave of stabbings, shootings, and car-ramming attacks.
• A Hamas terror cell operating inside Israel, which had been plotting a major attack, was discovered last month.
• President Obama is calling on his staff to do a better job in explaining the administration’s strategy to stop ISIS.
The Fellowship’s offered its first Freedom Flight for persecuted Jews in Uruguay through its On Wings of Eagles program.
• Spain has agreed to pay an Israeli university more than $100,000 for discrimination. In 2010, the Spanish government refused to let students from Ariel University in the West Bank participate in an international science competition.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on finding good amongst the evil.

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Friday, January 8th, 2016 at 9:33 AM  | Stand for Israel

Christians Brave Violence to Visit Holy Land

iitnTourism numbers are down in Israel, as the recent violence in the region has kept some away. But that didn’t stop Christians from all across the globe from traveling to Bethlehem this Christmas.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Clashes between Israeli Border Police and violent Palestinian protesters marred peaceful Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem.
• Iraqi troops took back the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State, as the fight against ISIS continues.
• An American journalist being held in an Iranian prison was allowed to visit with his family, though he is no nearer to being released.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein blessing the new year.

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 at 3:37 PM  | Stand for Israel

Notorious Hezbollah Leader Killed in Explosion

iitnHezbollah leader Samir Kuntar was killed this week in an explosion outside of Damascus. The Israel Defense Forces believed that Kuntar had been killed in an airstrike back in June. Hezbollah leaders blamed Israel, but the Free Syrian Army has taken responsibility for the attack.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to Jerusalem, saying the history of the Ukrainian and Jewish people has been intertwined for more than 1,000 years.
• Officials in Israel and Turkey are discussing how to normalize relations following a five-year hiatus, caused by a controversial 2010 military operation against pro-Palestinian activists that left 10 dead.
The Fellowship’s Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein was honored this week with a Mesorah award from Colel Chabad, Israel’s oldest charity.
• An Israeli doctor is on the cusp of developing an anti-aging drug. Dr. Nir Barzilai currently is petitioning the Food and Drug Administration to begin testing the anti-aging medication.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on Christmas celebrations in Jerusalem.

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Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015 at 3:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Fourteen, Including Baby, Injured in Jerusalem Terror Attack

iitnTerror continued to plague Israel this week with a car-ramming attack in the Holy City that left fourteen injured, including a baby. The 18-month old boy lost his leg and remains in critical condition after the Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into a Jerusalem bus stop.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• The Israeli Air Force struck two terrorist targets in Gaza after Hamas launched a rocket into Israel.
• President Obama continues to struggle to contain ISIS, which is also now said to be cooperating with Hamas.
The Fellowship hosted its first annual Fellowship Awards in Tel Aviv, honoring Israelis dedicated to social equality.
• In a major archaeological discovery, a seal belonging to biblical King Hezekiah was found in Jerusalem’s Old City.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features Fellowship Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein.

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Thursday, December 17th, 2015 at 12:58 PM  | Stand for Israel

Jews Around the World Celebrate Hanukkah

iitnBeginning at sundown Dec. 6th, Jews around the world began celebrating the eight-day festival of Hanukkah. Hundreds of thousands of Jewish families gathered in cities across the globe to attend public candle-lightings of the menorah during this celebration, also known as the Festival of Lights.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Despite this joyous time of year, the ongoing wave of terror attacks continued in Israel this week with more Israelis targeted in separate shooting, stabbing, and car-ramming attacks. To date, 19 Israelis have been killed by Palestinian attackers.
• A month after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House, President Obama hosted Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin this week. President Rivlin spoke of the great friendship between Israel and the United States in his comments to the press.
• More than 200 elderly Jews and Arabs attended The Fellowship’s menorah celebration in the Israeli city of Akko this week. The Fellowship Menorah is traveling throughout Israel during Hanukkah for lighting celebrations.
• The U.S. and Israel intelligence agencies are collaborating on a new strategy to fight cyberterrorism.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s Yonit Rothchild on fighting darkness with light.

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Thursday, December 10th, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel

Terror Attacks Continue in Israel

iitnAnother terror attack happened in Jerusalem this week, as an official from the Palestinian Authority security forces shot a civilian and an IDF solider. Both survived, but the attacker was killed. It was two months ago this week that an Israeli couple was gunned down in their car while driving with their four children. That attack set off the current wave of terrorism throughout Israel.

Also this week in Israel in the News:

• Israel expressed its condolences to the victims and their families of the recent shooting in San Bernadino, California, where 14 died.
• Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the U.N. Global Warming summit in Paris, saying Israel will be a global leader in addressing climate change.
The Fellowship has launched a new emergency security program for Jewish communities in Paris.
• Israel is working with The United Arab Emirates to develop renewable energy.

This week’s Israel in the News Perspective features The Fellowship’s founder and President Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein on lessons we can learn from Hanukkah.

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at 5:00 PM  | Stand for Israel