FEATURE PROJECT - Operation: No More Jewish Victims
Rocket attacks launched from Gaza; a Jewish couple ambushed on road; a family murdered in their sleep; communities battling against infiltrations by terrorists. There is no doubt that terrorists continue in their quest to find weak links in the security throughout Israel - especially in the communities of Judea and Samaria. And the rocket attacks in the north and south continue to pummel our fledgling communities comprising many of the families which were evacuated from Gush Katif back in the summer of 2005. The Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are witnessing an escalation of violence: stoning of vehicles on the roads, fire bombs, and sometimes successful - infiltrations by terrorists, as well as plans to kidnap soldiers and civilians. And in the southern areas, the rockets and missiles are becoming more sophisticated and accurate.
So, what can we do?
Through One Israel Fund's Operation: No More Jewish Victims campaign, you can become one of our 1,000 new partners who will support this important and critical endeavor. For as little as $36 per month, you can finance the vital security and emergency medical equipment as well as the training which our Community Emergency Response Teams require to prepare them in the event of an attack.
This is your chance to do more than talk about protecting Israelis who live on the front lines. Make a real difference. We urge you to take an active role today in helping these brave teams succeed. WE CAN PREVENT TERROR BEFORE THE TRAGEDY OCCURS!
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Gush Katif Fund
Since One Israel's Fund inception in 1994, Gush Katif was one of the many areas in YESHA who turned to the organization for assistance. After the disengagement, when the uprooted communities were in need of a dental clinic, a playground, or therapy programs for their children, One Israel Fund created the Emergency Gush Katif Fund to fulfill these needs - and it is still just a phone call away. The Emergency Fund also supports the popular Summer of Opportunities program, which sends former Gush Katif children to camp in the summer.
Of the 1,000+ families displaced by the disengagement from Gaza in 2005 (over 8,000 people), 85 worked in Gush Katif and 70 of the employed individuals were self employed either in agriculture or other private businesses. A day after the disengagement, they found themselves homeless, disillusioned and unemployed. Nearly five years after Israels withdrawal from Gush Katif and Northern Samaria, these families are still suffering from unemployment or underemployment. JobKatif is the only organization dedicated to helping former residents of Gush Katif and Northern Samaria find employment, set up businesses and return to self-sufficiency.
JobKatifs unique approach of outreach, support and faith in the individual has already succeeded in helping over 1,000 people return to the workforce. JobKatif focuses upon retraining these people for new careers and/or providing seed money for entrepreneurs to create new businesses. Recently, the Israeli Government announced they will match $3 for every dollar contributed to JobKatif, up to 4.5 million dollars, in order to facilitate the process of taking care of these people.
Gush Katif Hachnasat Kallah Fund
For the young brides of the former Gush Katif communities, their day of happiness is masked by great sadness and apprehension. With many of their families still out of work and either not receiving their promised compensation or having run through it over these past five years, these young couples can no longer count on a contribution from their families to help cover wedding expenses or to provide the basic essentials in setting up their new homes. Sadly, many couples start their new lives with nothing. To assist these couples in starting out their new lives without worry, One Israel Fund has established a Hachnassat Kallah Fund (Bridal Fund). Each donation helps pay for a new couples wedding and/or to purchase the basic home essentials including dishes, cookware, silverware, etc.