Februar 29, 2008 – New York – The American Jewish Committee has reopened its Israel Emergency Assistance Fund to assist Sderot in completing construction of a resilience center for the city’s citizens, traumatized by the daily barrage of rockets from Palestinian-controlled Gaza.
Tragically, once again the situation facing Israel grows ever more dangerous. In particular, the residents of Sderot and the other cities and towns of southern Israel face daily attacks and deadly barrages from rocket and mortar attacks launched in Gaza.
At AJC, we are doing all we can in the diplomatic realm to mobilize support and understanding for Israel’s extraordinary situation in the face of these terrorist attacks. Moreover, in the media, we have been writing numerous op-eds, blogs, and letters in leading outlets, as well as developing films on Sderot for our website and YouTube and using our radio spot that reaches 30-35 million listeners across the United States.
And shortly, an AJC leadership delegation will visit Sderot. As we have in the past, we will express our unshakeable solidarity and witness the impact of these relentless attacks on the town’s residents, including its children.
But there’s one more thing we can do. We ourselves may not be in a position to stop the attacks or, for that matter, pursue the attackers, but we can show, tangibly, that we care about the fate of Israelis under siege.
We can provide funds to help protect the vulnerable, repair the damage, and, in doing so, strengthen the morale and resolve of those most immediately affected.
During the 2006 war triggered by Hezbollah’s murder and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers, AJC reacted quickly. And you responded generously. Together, we made a profound difference in the lives of those in the northern part of the country. We supported hospitals and shelters, purchased ambulances and other first-responder needs, and provided basics for families, like diapers and batteries, that were in short supply.
Now we turn to you, our devoted friends, again. We must. Israel needs us in these trying times.
Please make a donation to the AJC Israel Emergency Fund.
You can do it securely online at http://www.ajc.org. If you’d prefer, you can mail the check, made payable to AJC Israel Emergency Fund, to: Brenda Rudzin, Israel Emergency Fund, American Jewish Committee, 165 East 56th Street, New York, NY 10022. Or you can call Brenda Rudzin at 212-891-6718 if you wish to make a donation via credit card.
However you choose to give, please accept our heartfelt thanks. As always, all funds received will go for their intended purposes. AJC will absorb all administrative costs. We will, of course, be providing updates on the disbursement of the funds.
Thank you for your understanding, your support, and your confidence in AJC.
David A. Harris