International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

IFCJ Provides Safety for Jerusalem’s Poor and Elderly

(Photo: Noam Moskowitz)

(Photo: Noam Moskowitz)

With the help of loving Christian friends and supporters worldwide, IFCJ is able to provide aid to the neediest of Israel’s people. The Yeshiva World News reports that IFCJ has provided funds so that Jerusalem’s fire department can make the homes of the Holy City’s elderly and impoverished safer:

Beginning on Monday, 29 Shevat, the Jerusalem Fire Service began distributing smoke detectors to large families, the elderly and Holocaust survivors in the city.

The distribution is now being conducted as a pilot program in the Kiryat Yovel and Kiryat Menachem neighborhoods of the city. It is part of a nationwide effort by the fire service in which over 3,000 detectors are being distributed and installed.

The funds to cover the cost of the project were donated by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews which he runs in conjunction with the Fire Prevention Unit of Israel’s Fire & Rescue Service.

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Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 at 8:15 AM  | Stand For Israel

Jerusalem Church Vandalized with Anti-Christian Graffiti

(Photo: Dormition Abbey)

(Photo: Dormition Abbey)

A Jerusalem church was defaced with anti-Christian graffiti. The Jerusalem Post’s Daniel K. Eisenbud reports that Rabbi Eckstein, along with many of Israel’s top figures, have denounced this crime:

The words “Christians to Hell,” “Death to the heathen Christians the enemies of Israel,” and “May his name be obliterated,” accompanied by a Star of David, were crudely scrawled in red ink on a wall in the compound.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said a forensics team was sent to analyze the writing, and an investigation into the hate crime has been opened, although no arrests have been made.

During a cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the crime and vowed to capture the perpetrators.

“This is an action deserving of every condemnation; there is no place for actions like these,” he said.

“Israel is a place where Christians and all other religions enjoy freedom of worship and the only place in the Middle East where the Christian population is growing. The police are working on finding those responsible…”
In a joint statement, Father Gabriel Naddaf, chairman of the Israeli Christians Recruitment Forum, together with Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president and founder of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, denounced the vandalism.

“These racist acts damage the friendship of Jews and Christians in Israel and worldwide, hinder Israeli-Christians from integrating into Israeli society and their recruitment into Israel’s IDF,” the statement said. “Furthermore, attacks like these hurt Israel’s economy by scaring away religious pilgrims and tourists from visiting Israel.”

The statement continued: “A strong alliance of Christians and Jews is integral to Israel’s standing in the world and to the security of its people. We call upon Israel’s minister of public security and the police commissioner to act quickly and decisively to uproot this racist phenomenon from our midst.”

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Monday, January 18th, 2016 at 10:37 AM  | Stand for Israel

Seal Bearing Name of King Hezekiah Found in Jerusalem

(Photo: twitter/IlanBenZion)

(Photo: twitter/IlanBenZion)

The Holy Land is a place of great heritage, both biblical and historical. So we here at Stand for Israel get especially excited when new discoveries are made linking the land to the Bible. The Times of Israel’s Ilan Ben Zion reports that one such finding recently occurred in Jerusalem when archaeologists unearthed a seal bearing the name of biblical King Hezekiah:

Archaeologists deciphered a seal impression bearing the name of the 8th century BCE biblical King Hezekiah recently found during excavations next to the Old City of Jerusalem, the Hebrew University announced Wednesday.

The bulla, a stamp seal impression, was one of dozens found in recent years in a royal building in the Ophel, excavation leader Dr. Eilat Mazar said at a press conference held at the Mount Scopus campus, and bears the name “Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz, king of Judah,” an 8th century Judean ruler.

Mazar called the artifact “the closest as ever that we can get to something that was most likely held by King Hezekiah himself.” She said that the bulla “strengthens what we know already from the Bible about [Hezekiah].”

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Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at 8:31 AM  | Stand for Israel

Two Stabbing Attacks Within Three Hours in Jerusalem

(Photo: Hatzala)

(Photo: Hatzala)

The violence in the Holy City continues this weekend, as Yediot Achronot reports that there have been two stabbing attacks today in Jerusalem – the victims this time being a woman in her 30s and a police officer:

…a paramedic with MDA, told Ynet, “When we arrived at the scene we saw a woman about 30 years of age with a knife wound to her upper body in the front seat of a bus. We provided her with initial care and transferred her from the bus to an ambulance…”

The stabbing was the third attack to take place at the location in recent weeks.

MDA said it had received a call for a reported stabbing attack at 7:44 AM, and arrived at the scene to find a 20-year-old border policeman lightly-moderately wounded. MDA medics administered initial treatment and the policeman was later evacuated to Hadassah hospital at Jerusalem’s Ein Karem.


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Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 10:39 AM  | Stand for Israel

A Miracle on the Way to King David’s Tomb

(Photo: flickr/visitisrael)

(Photo: flickr/visitisrael)

We know that God’s mighty hand of protection is behind the thwarted attacks we learn about during the ongoing violence facing Israel. Today, Arutz Sheva’s Hillel Findel reports the story of the miracle that saved an Israeli man and his family:

“He said that he comes every week with his two daughters to Mt. Zion, but this time, something different happened along the way. ‘We were passing through one of the narrow streets in the Machaneh Yehuda section, when all of a sudden, an Arab jumped out at us, screaming, ‘Itbah al-Yahud! [Slaughter the Jews!] Allahu Akbar!’ He was crazed with bloodthirsty hatred, and he came running towards us, and of course my daughters began to scream and yell.'”

Rabbi Berger noted that there was no one in the area at the time who could help, and there was room for panic. But at that point, “With great presence of mind and with help from Above, Yeshayahu ran towards the Arab and called out, ‘You cannot do anything to us, because we’re on our way to King David.’ He yelled this at the Arab – and the terrorist was simply overtaken by fear, and he ran away without doing anything…”

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Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 1:37 PM  | Stand For Israel

Jerusalem Stabbing Thwarted at Last Minute

(Photo: police spokesperson's unit)

(Photo: police spokesperson’s unit)

Israel is on high alert because of this past month’s wave of terrorism. But, Arutz Sheva’s Ido Ben-Porat reports, the alertness of an off-duty police officer saved lives in Jerusalem today when he noticed two teenage terrorists about to carry out a stabbing attack:

The officer, who had been on his way to work, waited at the site and noticed that they were observing pedestrians, apparently in an attempt to ambush the Jews and attack them as soon as possible.

He inched closer and began his own investigation, while keeping a safe distance – and soon found them to be carrying an ax and a knife

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 at 11:24 AM  | Stand For Israel

President Rivlin: Rabin “Ordered Us” to Defend Jerusalem

(Photo: facebook/PresidentRuviRivlin)

(Photo: facebook/PresidentRuviRivlin)

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Speaking at a memorial service at Mount Herzl cemetery, Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin remembered Rabin and addressed the wave of terror gripping the Holy City:

“We are in the throes of a struggle in Jerusalem for Jerusalem, and Rabin [was] one of its great fighters and liberators,” Rivlin said, referring to the weeks of Palestinian unrest and violence against Israelis in the capital.

The memorial at Rabin’s grave site was attended by Rabin’s family and Israeli dignitaries, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Supreme Court President Miriam Naor.

“Rabin was the one who cleared our path to Jerusalem [in 1948], he’s the one who united Jerusalem for us [in 1967], and he’s the one who commanded us, the supporters and opponents of the Oslo [Peace Accords],” Rivlin said. “Today it’s clear to us all that we can’t continue to ignore East Jerusalem. We can’t continue to suppress its existence.”

Rivlin cited Rabin’s opening speech to the 13th Knesset in 1992, in which he said: “This Government, like all of its predecessors, believes there is no disagreement in this House concerning Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel. United Jerusalem has been and will forever be the capital of the Jewish People.”

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Monday, October 26th, 2015 at 12:30 PM  | Stand For Israel

Police Foil Car Bomb En Route to Downtown Jerusalem

Photo: screenshot

Photo: screenshot

Another story of heroism in the face of terror:

A major tragedy was avoided Sunday morning when a 45-year-old police officer stopped a female suicide bomber at the al-Zaim checkpoint near Ma’ale Adumim, about three miles from downtown Jerusalem.

According to police, the vehicle looked suspicious as it traveled slowly in the bus lane on Route 437 shortly after 7 am, so the traffic police officer signaled for the driver to stop.

She obeyed, but as the policeman began to approach the vehicle, the driver yelled “Allahu Akbar!” and detonated a bomb in her car.

The policeman survived the blast, and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

During World War II, Winston Churchill addressed the enemy directly, saying, “You do your worst and we will do our best.” Even as terrorists attempt to sow fear, chaos, and carnage, we are seeing Israelis at their best — the citizens of a free, strong, and sovereign nation.

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Sunday, October 11th, 2015 at 8:02 AM  | Stand for Israel

Three Policemen Wounded in Latest Attack in Jerusalem’s Old City

(Photo: wikicommons/Soti)

(Photo: wikicommons/Soti)

The wave of terror in Israel continues:

Three police officers from the Yasam riot-control unit were wounded this afternoon (Saturday), near the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Two of the officers noticed the attacker as he approached them and demanded that he identify himself. Instead of cooperating, the terrorist pulled out a knife and stabbed them.

But Israelis remain courageous and defiant. Pray for the victims, for the safety of the men and women of the IDF and Israeli police, and for the peace of Jerusalem. God will never forsake His people.


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Saturday, October 10th, 2015 at 9:40 PM  | Stand for Israel

Photo Friday: A Place for You to Dwell Forever


“I have indeed built a magnificent temple for you, a place for you to dwell forever.” (1 Kings 8:13)

Most people know about the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall), a portion of the retaining wall that once surrounded the Second Temple in Jerusalem. It’s considered the holiest site in all of Judaism, and Jews from around the world flock to this sacred spot to lift their prayers to God.

But did you know that there’s another portion of the wall that remains and is considered by some even more sacred, as it was situated closer to the Holy of Holies? Learn more about “The Small Wailing Wall,” or HaKotel HaKatan. Shabbat shalom, friends.

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Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 11:01 AM  | Stand For Israel