Its goal is to raise funds to assist Israeli residents who are dealing with a barrage of rockets from Hamas. Funds could also be used to help with the personal needs of Israel Defense Forces soldiers. The B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem will help distribute the funds collected by determining unmet needs.
Since Hamas recharged the conflict in recent days, the terror group has fired 300 rockets at Israel.
“There can be no question of the gravity of the ongoing situation between Israel and Hamas,” B’nai B’rith International President Allan J. Jacobs said. “Hamas is terrorizing Israeli civilians, forcing thousands to seek shelter. That is no way to live. Israel has every right to defend itself against these acts of terror.”
The Israel Emergency Fund has been opened in the past to assist with previous Gaza situations, most recently in 2012, and to help in the wake of the devastating Mt. Carmel fires. In other cases, funds were used to buy computers, electronic equipment and inflatable playgrounds to help improve the lives of those confined in bomb shelters, and to purchase upgraded communications equipment for fire fighters. Some of the past funds also helped B’nai B’rith purchase Hebrew-language best sellers for Israel Defense Forces combat soldiers through the “Sifrut for Soldiers” program.
“Hamas has once again proven its utter fixation on attacking Israel and Israelis. No other country would stand for such actions and nor should Israel,” B’nai B’rith International Executive Vice President Daniel S. Mariaschin said.
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Donations can be received by mail at: B’nai B’rith Israel Emergency Fund, B’nai B’rith International, 1120 20th St. NW, Suite 300 North, Washington, D.C. 20036.