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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Victims of Terror in Israel

A SERIES OF TERROR ATTACKS THIS YEAR ON INNOCENT ISRAELIS underscore the nation's need both for constant vigilance and the support and solidarity of its friends.

In one attack, after a long period of relative quiet in the holy city of Jerusalem, a terrorist bomb exploded in the city's central bus station. The blast killed one innocent civilian and injured dozens more.

Just a short time later, five members of a Jewish family in the West Bank town of Itamar were slashed and shamelessly murdered by knifewielding cowards.

Then came another unconscionable attack, as an anti-tank missile fired from Gaza City by terrorists hit the back half of an Israeli school bus. The bus, and not a tank, was carrying young children on their way home from school. No military personnel were on board.

One 16-year-old boy was critically hurt when the warhead exploded, and a 13-year-old was severely wounded. Tragically, the older victim died a short time later from his injuries. Viewing the damage sustained by the bus, Israeli officials said it was a blessing that the driver had dropped off most of the students just before the missile hit the vehicle.

Rabbi Eckstein said in response to the attacks, "We continue to pray for the day when Israel will enjoy true peace and rest from our murderous enemies. The prophet expressed our prayer and hope in these words in Zephaniah 3:13: 'The remnant of Israel . . . will eat and lie down and no one will make them afraid.'

"But until that day comes, The Fellowship remains fully committed to helping protect the Holy Land as true Guardians of Israel, and providing resources both to help terror victims recover and to protect innocent lives from future attacks."

Your gift to aid terror victims through our Guardians of Israel program is much-needed, and will be a tremendous encouragement to the leaders and people of Israel. Please be generous in your giving today, and God bless you.

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