Children in bomb shelter (illustrative)
Children in bomb shelter (illustrative)Flash 90

In recent months, the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) has been actively working to install shelters throughout Israel’s norther region. Six new shelters that will be installed next week in the Asher regional council and three new shelters in Yesod Hamaale add to the dozens of shelters that have already been installed across Israel’s northern region in recent months, as well as others installed over the past year.

Just recently IFCJ has doubled the amount of shelters in the city of Tiberias as well as installing 10 new shelters in public spaces in the Maale Yosef region in the Western Galilee. The placement of the shelters was based on assessments of the IDF Home Front Command which worked to identify specific geographic areas where residents required additional protection.

These are the first protective shelters IFCJ has added in the northern region of the country after several years where protective efforts have been more heavily focused in the country’s south, closer to the Gaza Strip.

“Strengthening the protection of Israel and her people during emergencies is one of the main missions of the Fellowship,” said Yael Eckstein, President of IFCJ. “We are honored to contribute to the protection of Israel and her citizens and to assist security forces and first responders in creating an effective response for people in public spaces during an emergency situation. These shelters not only provide this protection but also represent the decades of support and love of our hundreds of thousands of donors around the world in making this happen.”

The new shelters are part of the ongoing efforts by IFJC, in coordination with the Home Front Command, to make public spaces around the country more secure and provide first responders with equipment needed to better provide and protect citizens. In recent years, IFCJ has placed over 400 shelters in locations around Israel at a cost of over $5m and renovated 2400 shelters at a cost of $16m, part of its $30m invested in emergency and security protection in recent years.

“Our goal is to assist in reducing the gaps in protection all across the country,” said Safwan Marich, Director of the Safety and Emergency Response Division of IFCJ. “These new shelters were all placed in a calculated manner in coordination with Home Front Command, with the aim of providing a safe response to any future event, with the hope of course that it will not be necessary.”