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3 Nov 2018 (All day)



On Tuesday, October 2, the Israeli communities along the Gaza border hosted a delegation from the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem at a special ceremony to honor us 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 militants 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 17 all-terrain firefighting trailers and seven portable steel bomb shelters, all in cooperation with Operation Lifeshield.

The Christian delegation, headed by ICEJ President Dr. Jürgen Bühler, began its tour through the Eshkol Region 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’s Chief Security Officer Elan Isaacson and took part in a demonstration of the new firefighting trailers.

“These bomb shelters and firefighting 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. Bühler. “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 firefighting 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. Kenneth Copeland Ministries and Eagle Mountain International Church donated 11 trailers, and ICEJ branches in the United States, Canada, Finland, Germany, and several other nations donated the other six.

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

Over the past 12 years, the ICEJ has donated 70 mobile bomb shelters to communities in the periphery of Gaza.

The firefighting trailers cost $15,500 each, and the bomb shelters are $25,000 each, for a total donation of $438,500 over recent months. Thank you to our donors! 


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