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ICEJ Assists Gaza Border Towns

Helping Combat Fire and Rocket Attacks

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2 Oct 2018
ICEJ Assists Gaza Border Towns

Gaza Periphery Towns to Honor ICEJ for Vital Assistance During Scorched Summer of Flaming Kites and Rockets

Tour of Eshkol Region
Tuesday, 2 October, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

On Tuesday (2 October), the Israeli communities along the Gaza border area hosted a delegation from the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem at a special ceremony to honor the pro-Israel Christian organization for providing vital assistance over recent months to combat the onslaught of airborne incendiary devices and renewed rocket barrages from Gaza.

It has been a long and difficult summer for the farming towns and villages in the Eshkol Region along on the Gaza border, as they have faced a relentless arson campaign from Palestinians in Gaza releasing flaming kites and balloons to deliberately start fires during the dry season in Israel. Thousands of acres of fields and orchards have been destroyed. Hamas and other terror militias in Gaza also have renewed their rocket barrages on southern Israel as part of their “March of Return” protests over recent months.

As officials from the Eshkol Region urgently sought outside assistance to combat these challenges to their safety and livelihood, the ICEJ responded by donating seventeen all-terrain fire-fighting trailers, and seven portable steel bomb shelters, all in cooperation with their local Israeli partner Operation Lifeshield.

The Christian delegation, headed by ICEJ president Dr. Juergen Buehler, began their tour through the Eshkol Region today with the dedication of a new bomb shelter at a youth sports club in Kibbutz Magen, followed by a ceremony of appreciation hosted by Mayor Gadi Yarkoni, head of the Eshkol Regional Council. The group then visited an IDF observation post overlooking Gaza near Kissufim, where they received a security briefing from the Eshkol Region chief security officer, Elan Isaacson, and also took part in a demonstration of the new fire-fighting trailers.

“These bomb shelters and fire-fighting equipment are not only about protecting the safety of our people and livelihoods,” said Mayor Yarkoni. “They are also about our emotional security. We are so grateful to the ICEJ for helping us in our hour of need this summer.”

“It is a core mission of the Christian Embassy to be there for Israelis whenever you face crises and challenges,” responded Dr. Buehler. “We know our assistance helps ensure that as you send your children to school and to sports club every day, you do so with the peace of mind that they will be safe. And we so much admire the steadfastness of the residents of this region and how you have stayed strong throughout the years of rocket barrages and now arson attacks.”

The new all-terrain fire-fighting trailers can be used to reach off-road areas inaccessible to regular firetrucks and have proven to be very effective this summer at putting out blazes deep in the fields and orchards of the Eshkol Region. Eleven trailers were donated by Kenneth Copeland Ministries and Eagle Mountain International Church, and the other six by ICEJ branches in the US, Canada, Finland, Germany, and several other nations.

Six of the new mobile bomb shelters were provided by ICEJ-Switzerland through the generosity of the Rudolf & Helga Frei family.

The fire-fighting trailers cost $15,500 each, and the bomb shelters are $25,000 each, for a total donation of $438,500 over recent months.

The ICEJ has now donated 70 mobile bomb shelters to the Gaza periphery communities over the past 12 years through Operation Lifeshield, which is directed by Rabbi Shmuel Bowman.


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