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28 Sep 2018 (All day)
Gaza Periphery Towns to Honor ICEJ

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 will host 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 has 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 all-terrain fire-fighting trailers can be used to reach off-road areas inaccessible to regular firetrucks and have proven to be very effective 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.

The tour schedule for the ICEJ delegation on Tuesday will begin with the dedication of a new bomb shelter at Kibbutz Magen at 11:00 AM, followed by the ceremony of appreciation hosted by Mayor Gadi Yarkoni and the Eshkol Regional Council, a demonstration of the fire-fighting trailers, and then a briefing and tour of the area by the Eshkol Region chief security officer, Elan Isaacson.

Media are invited to join the tour. To reserve a seat on the ICEJ bus from Jerusalem, please write or call David Parsons of the ICEJ by 12:00 noon on Sunday, 30 September.

The bus will leave from the ICEJ headquarters at 20 Rachel Imeinu on Tuesday at 8:30 AM, and will return at approximately 4:00 PM.

David Parsons
ICEJ Vice President & Senior Spokesman

 

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