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ICEJ orders 30 more bomb shelters for vulnerable Israeli border towns

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has recently ordered another thirty new portable bomb shelters which will be delivered in coming weeks to Israeli border communities which are especially vulnerable to rocket fire from Gaza and Lebanon, with an increased focus on protecting civilians in the northern Galilee and Haifa regions.

With these shelters, the ICEJ has now donated a total of 155 bomb shelters in the last 15 years to Israeli communities under rocket threat, with the majority (129) placed in towns along the Gaza periphery and the remaining 26 in the North.

Over the past decade, the Negev region has received most of the attention from government and private sources seeking to better protect the local civilian population from frequent rocket barrages. Working in partnership with Operation Lifeshield, the Christian Embassy has placed dozens of mobile bomb shelters in the Gaza envelope, in communities stretching from Kerem Shalom in the south all the way up through Sderot and Ashkelon. Most have been donated to schools, daycare centers, medical clinics, youth centers, community halls, college campuses, factories and other public places which cannot operate during times of crisis without adequate bomb shelters.

However, the need for more bomb shelters in the North has become an increasing concern, especially due to the severe lack of public shelters and Lebanon’s growing economic crisis. Thus, the Christian Embassy is shifting its focus to assisting towns in the northern Galilee and Haifa regions to protect their most vulnerable communities.

A State Comptroller report issued last year warned that 2.6 million residents of northern Israel do not have access to functional bomb shelters. While there have been efforts to upgrade existing shelters, the state budget has provided little funding to add new and better shelters, due in part to the instability of Israel’s government over recent years and the priority given to resupplying the IDF’s Iron Dome batteries.

The need for more shelters is most acute in the towns right along the northern border with Lebanon, which are prone to shorter range rockets that cannot be stopped by the Iron Dome system. This hilly, forested area contains a diverse mosaic of Jewish, Arab and Druze towns which are desperately looking for funding to provide better protection for their communities. Other areas of concern are the Jewish and Arab farming villages in the Zevulun regional council just east of Haifa, which are close to strategic facilities – such as oil storage tanks and chemical plants – which Hizbullah will likely target in any future conflict.

In the coming weeks, the Christian Embassy plans to deliver some of the new shelters now on order to public places in Haifa, Nahariya, Akko, Kfar Maccabi and elsewhere – all in consultation with local security chiefs.

Over recent months, the ICEJ has received donations for these latest bomb shelters from Christians in dozens of countries, most notably from Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Fiji, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and United States.

“Many Israelis living along the Gaza border have told us that these mobile bomb shelters indeed save lives and give their families the peace of mind they need to continue their daily lives under the constant threat of rocket attacks,” said ICEJ President Dr Jürgen Bühler. “We now want to focus more on the need for additional bomb shelters to protect civilians in the North. The existing public shelters are not enough and these portable shelters are an effective way to provide greater security to the smaller towns and villages in the Galilee and Haifa regions that are often overlooked.”

Dr Bühler added that the Christian Embassy also is keen to promote Jewish-Arab coexistence with these shelters donations through local authorities in the North. 


CREDIT PHOTOS to: ICEJ


FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact:

David Parsons
Vice President & Senior International Spokesman
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

Aliyah Super Week: Over 500 olim from 20 countries arriving this week

Despite the recent Gaza conflict, Israel is welcoming a wave of over 500 new Jewish immigrants from more than twenty countries this week, according to figures from The Jewish Agency For Israel, which has billed this an “Aliyah Super Week”, with the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem joining in as one of the main sponsors of this uniquely-timed effort.

“Given the intense conflict we have witnessed here over recent weeks, it is quite remarkable to see these hundreds of Jewish immigrants coming home to Israel from all directions,” said ICEJ President Dr Jürgen Bühler. “This is truly inspiring to see these Jewish families cast their lots with Israel just days after the country was under such intense rocket barrages, and it bodes well for the future of the Jewish state.”

During the course of this week, The Jewish Agency expects more than 500 Jewish newcomers to arrive in Israel from over 20 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Finland, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom the United States, and other former Soviet republics.

The ICEJ will be sponsoring aliyah flights for 148 of these new immigrants coming as part of the Aliyah Super Week.

In addition, the ICEJ will be covering flight costs and other travel expenses for 99 members of the Bnei Menashe community who have been approved to come to Israel under an emergency decision of the Israeli cabinet due to the current coronavirus surge in India. The decision will allow 548 Bnei Menashe to come as soon as possible, with the first flight of 274 currently scheduled to land on Monday, May 31. This emergency aliyah airlift is being arranged via a special cooperation between JAFI and Shavei Israel, headed by Michael Freund, who has been spearheading the Bnei Menashe immigration for nearly two decades.

In total, the ICEJ will be sponsoring aliyah flights for 247 new immigrants over an eight-day period ending next Monday. This will bring to 1,132 the total number of aliyah flights sponsored by the ICEJ so far this year.


CREDIT PHOTOS as ‘Courtesy of JAFI’

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David Parsons
Vice President & Senior International Spokesman
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

ICEJ stands with Israel against Palestinian violence over Jerusalem

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem stands in solidarity with Israel in the face of the reckless Palestinian rioting, terror attacks and rocket barrages over recent days, and condemns Palestinian leaders for intentionally enflaming Muslim passions during Ramadan to ignite a dangerous religious conflict over Jerusalem.

Through the courageous decisions of both Arab and Israeli leaders, the Middle East region has recently experienced a significant and unprecedented momentum towards normalization and peace through the Abrahamic Accords. However, from the start both Fatah and Hamas have deliberately sought to undermine these developments and incited Palestinians towards the current escalation of violence and terror. Besides their efforts to disrupt this newfound dynamic of peace for the entire Middle East, their actions also are meant to cover for their own failures, such as the cancelling of Palestinian elections. Together with their backers in Iran and Turkey, they share full responsibility for this current escalation. By ratcheting up their attacks on Yom Yerushalayim in particular, Fatah and Hamas also viciously display that neither accepts any Jewish claim to historic, biblical Jerusalem. They instead have threatened to ignite a regional conflagration over the city, and thus we call upon world leaders to firmly stand against the inflammatory Palestinian rhetoric and actions.

We also call upon Christians around the world to earnestly pray that peace and calm will be restored quickly to Jerusalem, the Land of Israel, and the entire Middle East.
 

For more information, contact:

David Parsons
Vice President & Senior International Spokesman
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

ICEJ sponsors Aliyah flights for 1,000 Olim since February

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is funding an Aliyah flight for 57 Russian-speaking Jews scheduled to arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday morning, which brings to 1,000 the total number of new Jewish immigrants the ICEJ has sponsored on flights to Israel arranged by The Jewish Agency for Israel since February, despite the Coronavirus outbreak.

These newest arrivals also needed a total of nine connecting flights, crossing some eight time zones all across the former Soviet Union, before flying in to Tel Aviv early this morning.

As global air travel has ground to a halt over recent months, many in Israel were expecting a pause in Jewish immigration due to the COVID-19 threat. But surprisingly the door of Aliyah has remained open, as interest in moving to Israel is on the rise. Many Jewish families worldwide even have decided to move up plans to immigrate to a country they view as safer and better positioned for economic recovery.

In response, Israeli and Jewish Agency officials have managed to arrange ‘evacuation flights’ over the past three months which are bringing the new immigrants home to Israel, in line with its history as a nation always open to Jewish immigration.

The Christian Embassy has supported these extraordinary efforts during the Corona crisis by funding Aliyah flights for 234 Ethiopian Jews and 766 Jews from across the former Soviet Union since February 20. This has required a total of 85 flights in all, including connecting flights for Russian-speaking olim coming from all across the vast regions of the FSU.

In addition, the ICEJ has covered many of the extra costs for making Aliyah over recent months, including two-week stays in Corona-mandated quarantine for 292 of the new immigrants once they have reached Israel.

Even with most regular international flights still suspended at this time, Israel and the Jewish Agency have been working to partner in emergency flights from nations around the world, which are bringing back stranded Israeli citizens as well as Jews from abroad who are approved for immigration to Israel.

Many of these recent Jewish arrivals are coming from regions of the former Soviet Union, where the local economies are struggling and the Corona threat is still peaking. Even travel within these countries is difficult and in some areas not even allowed. Yet Jewish families are making incredible efforts to board the flights for Israel. In several recent instances, pregnant mothers nearing term were determined to reach Israel in time to give birth in the Jewish homeland. And Israeli and Jewish Agency officials are exploring all avenues to safely funnel these people through airports even when most people are not allowed to fly.

“The Corona pandemic has brought much suffering and negative headlines all over the world, but one of the positive stories coming out of this crisis is the surprising surge in Aliyah, as many Jewish families are seeking a way to reach Israel as soon as possible”, said ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler. “We are both honored and elated to play a key role in this unique chapter in the modern-day return to Israel, as even a global pandemic could not stop Jewish people from finding their way home to Israel.”

Since its founding in September 1980, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has now assisted over 157,000 Jews in making Aliyah to Israel from dozens of countries worldwide.

Photos Courtesy of JAFI/ICEJ

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ICEJ Statement on ICC war crimes probe against Israel

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem pledged on Wednesday to actively oppose the International Criminal Court’s selective decision to unlawfully expand its jurisdiction so a war crimes probe could be launched against Israel, the world’s only Jewish state, a biased move which has opened up the Court to justifiable accusations of antisemitism.

The Christian Embassy noted the obvious absurdity of this ruling: Israel is not a member of the ICC and has serious, proactive judicial mechanisms in place to investigate and try any such crimes, while the Palestinians do not qualify as a sovereign state under the Rome Statute governing the Court. Therefore, the Court has no legal standing or authority to investigate and charge Israel with war crimes in the ‘occupied territories’.

“It seems the Court has caved to an overzealous special prosecutor by distorting international law to empower her quest to indict Israelis on invalid and unsustainable charges”, said ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler. “The ICC is giving daily passes to brutal regimes like Iran and Syria which are committing horrific atrocities against their own people, and instead wants to prosecute Jews for building balconies on their homes in eastern Jerusalem as if they were Nazi war criminals. The ICEJ will work through our vast global network of national branches and activists, as well as with other respected organisations, to urge that all ICC member states reject and rescind this outrageous decision.”

For more information, contact:

David Parsons
Vice President & Senior International Spokesman
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

ICEJ Response to 'Open Letter' to American Christian Zionists

 ICEJ Response to an 'Open Letter to America’s Christian Zionists’ published by Fuller Seminary’s ‘Just Peacemaking Initiative’ & The New Evangelical Partnership for Common Good

 View Detailed ICEJ Letter & Statement of Response »

 

Left-leaning evangelical scholars have demonized fellow Christians for supporting Israel, in the name of ‘social justice,’ while espousing poor theology and a general disregard for the history and larger context of the Arab-Israeli conflict – according to the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

On September 19, Fuller Theological Seminary’s ‘Just Peacemaking Initiative’ published ‘An Open Letter to America’s Christian Zionists’ by Dr. David P. Gushee of Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology and Fuller’s Dr. Glen H. Stassen. It has subsequently been promoted by the New Evangelical Partnership for Common Good on whose board both professors serve.

“In this document the authors claim, amongst other things, that Christian Zionists are not only sinful but produce sin and will be the cause of any upcoming war against Israel including a nuclear attack by Iran,” said ICEJ Interim Executive Director, Dr. Jürgen Bühler at the launch of the ICEJ’s detailed 4,000 word theological response.

The ICEJ’s USA Director, Susan Michael, who co-authored the ICEJ response emphasized that the initial 'Open Letter' was seriously flawed on multiple counts.

“Not only does it demonstrate a flawed understanding of biblical justice, but a degree of theological inconsistency and historical ignorance that are deeply troubling in professors of such high standing in such respected evangelical institutions.  Their one-sided approach of blaming Israel and her supporters while ignoring the transgressions of the other side will never lead to peace and only feeds injustice and hatred of Israel.”

"Our response is written from the vantage point of being located ‘on the ground’ in Jerusalem from where we have been engaged in the issues raised in this ‘Open Letter’, as well as with the various people groups involved in those issues for over three decades,” added Dr. Bühler.

“Our support for Israel does not mean that we think Israel is perfect, or that we blindly support all of her policies.  But if we want to help bring true justice to the Palestinian people then we need to be honest and admit that their problem is not Israel but their own corrupt leaders who seek the goal of eradicating Israel.”

View the detailed ICEJ Response to the ‘Open Letter’ at: www.icejusa.org/openletter »

ICEJ statement on Israel’s current corona vaccine policy

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is being approached by Christians from many quarters worldwide for our views on Israel’s rapid mass vaccination program for the coronavirus, especially due to its use of the new mRNA messenger vaccines. Some have urgent concerns that the Israeli people may have seriously endangered themselves unknowingly, while others are even more alarmed by speculative theories that they are walking into a devilish trap with ‘Last Days’ implications.

Israel’s response to an unprecedented crisis
It is important to first note that Israel, like many other countries around the world, has faced an unprecedented health challenge with a lethal virus which has killed more than 2.6 million people worldwide. This includes close to 6,000 Israeli deaths over the past twelve months, which is six times more casualties than occurred during five years of brutal terrorism in the second Palestinian intifada. In addition, the corona lockdowns have caused severe damage to the Israeli economy, with the tourist industry in particular coming to a complete standstill for an entire year. Consequently, Israeli leaders across all party lines agreed that a swift national response was needed.

Because of the quick and decisive actions of the government from early on, Israel has proven to be a model nation for many other countries worldwide to follow, starting with timely usage of lockdowns and travel bans to safeguard its population from the virus. Israel also has been successfully developing new medical treatments to fight coronavirus, with research that has shown promising results. Thus, the death rate for corona patients in Israel remains one of the lowest in the world (below 1%), even though the infection rate has been among the highest. Overall, the Netanyahu government’s prompt and effective response to the virus has been largely recognised by rival political parties, the majority of Israeli society, and even many world leaders.

Israel’s decision to use mRNA vaccines
The decision by Israeli leaders to adopt the novel mRNA vaccines as a pathway out of the virus lockdowns was clearly driven by the unprecedented health crisis, aided by the Jewish tradition of preserving life and by the general attitude among Israelis of welcoming scientific and bio-medical advances. The 25-year record of promising research on mRNA vaccines by the international medical community, and early discussions between the government and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals helped Israeli leaders and medical professionals to make this prompt decision. Pfizer had put its new corona vaccines through a stringent testing phase on humans for short-term side effects, while the normally prolonged period of testing for long-term impacts had not yet been undertaken. But US authorities approved it for “emergency use”, and with the death rate climbing the Israeli government opted to take a calculated risk and use the mRNA vaccine on its population.

Today, Israel has become the most widely vaccinated nation in the world, with almost 90% of the adult population either vaccinated or immune due to recovery from COVID-19. The data so far indicates the vaccine is 97% successful in immunising against coronavirus, and the death rates among the most vulnerable elderly population have been radically reduced. By late May, Israel aspires to reach ‘herd immunity’ and return to fairly normal life, although some travel restrictions likely will remain in place to lessen potential exposure to new mutations of the virus. Israel also is on the way to issuing ‘green passports’ for those inoculated or recovered, which will mean those without the passport may have some temporary limits on their choices for social engagement.

Most Israelis have been cooperative with the government’s ambitious vaccination program, and the respected medical community here has been largely supportive of it as well.

Sorting truth from rumours
Meanwhile, there have been some alarming reports and theories circulating worldwide about Israel’s vaccination program which require additional clarification.

1) Israel’s current vaccination policy set by the government is nothing new, as a similar ruling was passed in Israel in 1952 when everyone was forced to be vaccinated against typhoid fever and failure to do so even incurred a monetary fine.

2) There are claims that the morbidity rates in Israel for those dying from the vaccinations far exceeds the rates among those dying from COVID-19. These assertions are unfounded, as data from all the Israeli health management organisations indicate. They also show that fewer vaccinated people are dying and the symptoms among those who still get the virus are weaker than among those who are not vaccinated.

3) Israel is not moving to become a segregated nation dividing its population into vaccinated and unvaccinated. Everyone in Israel is still free to refuse being vaccinated, although it may mean some temporary limitations on the choices they can make for movement and social engagement.

4) Some are associating the new ‘green passport’ with the ‘mark of the Beast’ spoken of in the Book of Revelation, and even suggest that Israel through the vaccine is welcoming the rule of the Antichrist over them. This is pure speculation at best. Vaccination passports (e.g., “the yellow passport” for international travel) have been in existence for decades, and travel to many countries in Africa is only possible with updated vaccines against yellow fever and other diseases. Also, the relevant passages in Revelation 13 underscore a blasphemous and anti-Christian agenda that will make ‘war with the saints’. In contrast, it is clear that Israel’s vaccination policy contains no religious or spiritual agendas except that of saving lives.

Remaining Concerns
Of course, there are still legitimate concerns, questions and reservations as to the long-term side effects of the mRNA vaccines, and people rightly should have the choice to refrain from being vaccinated. We welcome that Israel is maintaining this freedom. However, our lack of knowledge on the long-term effects of these vaccines does not justify launching critical campaigns against Israel or accusing Israeli leaders of having sinister motives towards their own people. Rather, we should pray for them as they are dealing with an unprecedented health crisis and need our prayers more than ever.

Also, we do recognise that the worldwide scale and impact of this health crisis has opened the gates for concerted global initiatives that have no small potential to undermine democratic processes and could potentially be misused for future anti-Christian and discriminatory agendas. Still, Christians should not be living in fear of the coronavirus, and neither should we be living in fear of the corona vaccines. Rather, we need to have a healthy fear of God alone, who ultimately has rule over our lives and destiny (Isaiah 8:12-13).

Finally, we should not allow this crisis to divide us. I am aware that the above assessment will not be shared by everyone, and some might come to different conclusions. However, we should never allow the Body of Christ to be divided nor our love for God’s people to be determined by our limited understanding of a new type of vaccine. Paul instructed the Church in Rome not to allow the body of believers to be divided over the consumption of food dedicated to idols, while also encouraging those in the Church not to judge one another, since “if we live, we live for the Lord and if we die, we die to the Lord” (Romans 14:8). He also reminds the Roman believers that “the Kingdom of God is not eating or drinking, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).

Whether or not to take any vaccine is an individual decision which should be done with proper medical advice from physicians you trust and be based on informed consent and one’s own conscience. We should all respect how others arrive at their own decisions, while also making sure we are all dealing with accurate, reliable information in our own discourse with others.

Again, please pray for Israel’s leaders in this difficult season, and also pray for us as we carry out our calling to stand steadfastly with Israel in times of crisis. Prayer can heal and protect. We have experienced this in our Home for Holocaust survivors in Haifa, which has been largely untouched by the coronavirus. People working in the health sector in Israel are calling this a ‘miracle’ for any assisted-living facility. Also, pray for us as we continue to serve all the people of Israel in the midst of these current challenges.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on this subject, please watch the ICEJ webinar ‘Israel and the Corona Vaccines’ from Thursday, 11 March 2021, moderated by ICEJ Spokesman, David Parsons, and featuring Dr Zeev Feldman of Sheba Medical Center, Adv Calev Myers of ARISE, and local pastor, Israel Pochtar.


 

ICEJ sponsors Aliyah flight for 226 Jewish immigrants from FSU

A group of 226 Jewish immigrants from across the former Soviet Union landed at the re-opened Ben-Gurion Airport on Monday evening on a ‘rescue flight’ arranged by The Jewish Agency for Israel and sponsored by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

Many of these new arrivals had been planning to make Aliyah several months ago, but were delayed by a third major lockdown in Israel amid a mass vaccination campaign. Some had already sold their homes and quit their jobs and were left in limbo as Ben-Gurion was completely shut down for the first time ever in January. But the skies are now opening back up, and these immigrants are part of the daily quota of passengers who can enter Israel at this time.

Many of these immigrants also needed lengthy connecting flights, traversing up to eight time zones from across the former Soviet republics, before boarding the final four-hour flight to Tel Aviv this afternoon. They will be required to undergo quarantine and other measures due to corona health regulations in Israel.

Even with most international travel still disrupted due to COVID-19, Israel and the Jewish Agency have been working to arrange emergency flights for Jewish immigrants from various regions around the world, which also are bringing back Israeli citizens from abroad.

The Christian Embassy has now supported Aliyah flights for over 780 Jewish olim since the start of 2021, including some 500 Ethiopian immigrants as part of “Operation Rock of Israel.”

Although global air travel has been severely curtailed over the past year, there are still thousands of Jews making the move to Israel. Interest in Aliyah is actually on the rise, as many Jewish families worldwide now view Israel as safer health-wise and better positioned for economic recovery than other countries. Israeli and Jewish Agency officials anticipate up to 250,000 new Jewish immigrants to arrive over the next three to five years.

“It is exciting to be part of another large flight of Jewish families making the move to Israel,” said ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler. “Supporting Aliyah is one of the core missions of the Christian Embassy, and this season of the corona pandemic has actually been one of the most critical phases of our four decades of involvement in bringing Jewish people back to their homeland. Indeed, corona has given added meaning to Israel’s calling as a ‘safe haven’ for the Jewish people.”

Since its founding in September 1980, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem has now assisted over 160,000 Jews in making Aliyah to Israel from some 36 countries worldwide.

Photos Courtesy of JAFI

For more information, contact:

David Parsons
Vice President & Senior International Spokesman
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

ICEJ Helps With Unexpected Surge in Aliyah

Christian Embassy Supporting The Jewish Agency and Keren HaYesod with Unexpected Surge in Aliyah

ICEJ-funded flights this week will bring total to over 760 Jewish immigrants assisted since February

The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is currently supporting The Jewish Agency for Israel and Keren HaYesod with bringing an unexpected wave in Aliyah even amid the Coronavirus crisis, as the ICEJ has already sponsored flights for 601 Jewish immigrants since February, and will bring another 160 Jews to Israel this week.

The newest arrivals include a group of 41 Jews from the former Soviet Union flying on Tuesday (19 May) from Moscow, with an additional 119 Jews scheduled to land at Ben-Gurion Airport on ICEJ-sponsored flights by week’s end.

This will raise the total to 761 Jewish immigrants the ICEJ has brought on flights to Israel since Corona travel bans were first imposed worldwide in February. For many of these recent arrivals, the ICEJ also is covering part of the added costs of their post-flight quarantine, which are the responsibility of The Jewish Agency.

As global travel has ground to a halt over recent months, many in Israel were expecting a pause in Jewish immigration due to the COVID-19 threat. But the nation is currently experiencing a surprising uptick in Aliyah, as many Jewish families worldwide are moving up plans to immigrate to a country they view as safer and better positioned for economic recovery. This is in line with Israel's history as a state always open to Jewish immigration.

The present influx of Jewish immigrants is expected from around the world, including Ethiopia and the former Soviet Union, among other regions. With most regular international flights still suspended at this time, Israeli and Jewish Agency officials have been working to arrange emergency charter flights which are bringing back stranded Israeli citizens as well as Jews from abroad who are approved for immigration to Israel.

Many of these recent Jewish arrivals are coming from regions of the former Soviet Union, where the local economies are struggling and the Corona threat is just peaking. Even travel within these countries is difficult and in some areas not even allowed. Yet we are hearing stories of Jewish families making incredible efforts to board flights for Israel. In several recent instances, pregnant mothers nearing term were determined to reach Israel in time to give birth in the Jewish homeland. And Israeli and Jewish Agency officials are exploring all avenues to safely funnel these people through airports even when most people are not allowed to fly.

On Tuesday, a flight will arrive from the former Soviet Union with 41 Jewish immigrants sponsored by the ICEJ. One Jewish couple on board has sped up their move here to be with their daughter, an Israeli mother of two who has been diagnosed with advanced brain cancer and will undergo emergency surgery in coming days.

At the request of the Jewish Agency, the ICEJ is currently raising funds from its global constituency to cover the flight costs for another 150 Jews from the former Soviet Union they hope to bring to Israel by early June.

“Despite all the bad news we hear about the Corona crisis, one of the positive stories is the surprising number of Jews looking for a way to come to Israel as soon as they can”, said ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler. “We are privileged to play a key part in this unique wave of Aliyah, when a pandemic brought the world to a standstill but it could not stop the Jews from coming home to Israel.” 

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ICEJ Assisting Israel Amid Corona Crisis

ICEJ Assisting Israel With Elderly, Aliyah Flights Amid Virus Threat

Christians Caring for Holocaust Survivors, Sponsoring Arrival of New Immigrants

Amid Israel’s urgent efforts to combat the Coronavirus threat, the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is helping to feed and care for many elderly Israelis confined to the homes, including hundreds of Holocaust survivors, while also sponsoring Aliyah flights from Russia and Ethiopia due to arrive within the next 48 hours.

“While the government’s measures to fight the Coronavirus is impacting the whole country, I am glad we are still able to help Israel pull through this crisis in a number of ways,” said ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler. “This includes packing and delivering food boxes to senior citizens, caring for Holocaust survivors, and bringing Jews home from Russia and Ethiopia at this very moment.”

On Sunday evening, a group of 26 Russian Jewish immigrants sponsored by the ICEJ will arrive on a flight from St. Petersburg and immediately go into a two-week self-quarantine due to the COVID-19 threat. This flight marks the 30th anniversary of the ICEJ’s sponsorship of Jewish families making Aliyah from the former Soviet Union.

The ICEJ also is sponsoring the flights of 72 Ethiopian Jews scheduled to land early on Tuesday morning from Addis Ababa. They will be taken to the Beit Alfa absorption center and enter quarantine for 14 days as well. In addition, the ICEJ will be funding Passover gift baskets with food, games, learning materials and other items for these and other recently arrived Ethiopian Jewish families as part of their integration process during the upcoming holiday season.

Meantime, the ICEJ has seven Christian staff and volunteers in Haifa who have been helping to pack and deliver food boxes to hundreds of senior citizens in the city, including many Holocaust survivors who are confined to their homes as a health precaution. The ICEJ team also was specially tasked with providing food and daily care, including medical checks, for the 70 residents at its Haifa Home for Holocaust survivors, who must stay in their rooms as well. These efforts, done in partnership with the Israeli charity Yad Ezer L’Haver, drew mention and praise from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at one of his daily press briefings on the Coronavirus last week.

In addition, ICEJ staff in Jerusalem packed and delivered food boxes this past week to a number of elderly and disabled Israelis who are regularly cared for by its team of skilled nurses.

This coming week, the Christian Embassy also will have staff working with the charities Latet and Ezrat Avot to pack and deliver food boxes to the front doors of hundreds of Israeli senior citizens who must remain in their homes to avoid the virus.

“We are working within the rules set by the Health Ministry to help Israelis as much as we can in this troubling time confronting the whole world,” said Dr. Bühler. “We know it is in difficult moments like these when our efforts to bless and comfort Israel count the most.”

In the midst of the crisis of the Coronavirus, the ICEJ is taking action by continuing to help the Jewish people make Aliyah, bringing food packages to the doors of Holocaust Survivors, and more!

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