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American Jews Raised $1 Billion for Israel in First Month of Hamas War, Researchers Find

Jewish Americans and supporters of Israel gather at the National Mall in Washington, DC on Nov. 14, 2023 for the “March for Israel” rally. Photo: Dion J. Pierre/The Algemeiner

Jews in North America raised approximately $1 billion for Israel in the first month of its war with the Hamas terror group, according to a new study.

The report, published in Hebrew by scholars at Haifa University’s Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies, detailed the “immense scale of American Jewry’s activities during the first month of the war.”

According to the study, the Jewish Federations of North America — one of the largest Jewish and pro-Israel charity networks in the world — raised more than $600 million alone in the war’s first weeks.

The amount raised by the Jewish Federations of North America almost double what was raised during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, when the organization received and contributed $360 million to the war effort.

The $602 million raised by the federations far exceeded their $500 million goal, which they announced at the start of the fundraising campaign immediately after Oct. 7, when Hamas terrorists massacred 1,200 people, mostly civilians, across southern Israel and kidnapped 240 others as hostages.

The additional $400 million outlined in this week’s report is an estimation of donations raised in multiple campaigns by other Jewish-affiliated organizations. This money was donated to various sources such as Magen David Adom, Israel’s first responder service, as well as other hospitals and groups supporting Israel.

The report — titled “Standing Together: American Jewry and Israel in the First Month of the War,” said it was “based on data from leading American Jewish organizations, along with interviews, testimonies, and public statements from community leaders, federation heads, rabbis, volunteers, and ordinary citizens.”

The donations also included “many tons of supplies ranging from hygiene products and heating equipment for soldiers to toys for displaced children.” Such items featured prominently early in the war as there were fears of shortages of essential gear for soldiers, as well as to assist with the hundreds of thousands of evacuees from their homes in the north and south of Israel.

Beyond money and other donations, the American Jewish community has shown support for the Jewish state in other ways since the outbreak of the war on Oct. 7.

Last month, for example, hundreds of thousands of Jewish Americans and pro-Israel advocates packed the National Mall in Washington, DC to demand the release of hostages held captive by Hamas in Gaza and to demonstrate support for both the Jewish state and the Jewish community amid a global surge in antisemitism that has followed the Palestinian terror group’s Oct 7. Massacre.

The rally was both the largest ever pro-Israel gathering and the largest Jewish gathering in US history.

The post American Jews Raised $1 Billion for Israel in First Month of Hamas War, Researchers Find first appeared on Algemeiner.com.

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‘The mobs will not silence my voice’ says Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman after her Thornhill office is plastered with anti-Israel posters

Posters slamming Israel and decrying Canada’s suspension of funding to UNRWA were found at the Thornhill, Ont., offices of Melissa Lantsman, a pro-Israel and Jewish Conservative MP who serves as deputy leader of the Official Opposition.   “Blood on Your Hands,” “Stop Arming Israel” and “Fund UNRWA Now” were among the messages found taped to […]

The post ‘The mobs will not silence my voice’ says Conservative MP Melissa Lantsman after her Thornhill office is plastered with anti-Israel posters appeared first on The Canadian Jewish News.

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IDF Chief Weighs in on Ultra-Orthodox Military Service, Week After New Draft Bill Proposed

FILE PHOTO: Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi speaks during his transition ceremony with the Prime Minister, Defense Minister, and the outgoing chief, in Jerusalem, January 16, 2023. Maya Alleruzzo/Pool via REUTERS

IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi called on the ultra-Orthodox public to mobilize for the current and future wars, a position at odds with their historic role in the state, in which they enjoy near blanket exemptions from military service.

“In these challenging days, there is one thing that is very clear: Everyone should mobilize for the defense of the homeland,” Halevi said.

He added: “This is a different era, and what was before it will certainly be re-examined. The IDF has always sought to bring into its ranks from all sections of Israeli society. This war illustrates the need to change. Join the service, protect the homeland. We have a historic opportunity to expand the sources of recruitment for the IDF at a time when the necessity is very high. We will know how to create the right solutions and conditions for any population that will join this noble mission.”

The issue of ultra-Orthodox enlistment in the IDF has been a hot button issue since the state’s establishment in 1948 and, in more recent years, the cause of wide scale backlash against the community. As part of an agreement when the state was founded, the ultra-Orthodox public was exempted completely from service. However, as the years progressed and the population grew exponentially, critics of the policy decried the unfairness of it.

A bill last week was introduced by the ruling Likud Party that called for an increase in military service time, particularly for reserve forces, yet failed to discuss the ultra-Orthodox issue. Backlash from both opposition and coalition members was swift.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich at the time said, “The ultra-Orthodox public is dear and loved and contributes a lot to the State of Israel, and it is now essential that it also take a more significant part in the tasks of defense and security. This move should happen out of dialogue and discussion and not by coercion or, God forbid, by defamation. Religious Zionism proves that it is possible to combine Torah study and observance of minor and severe mitzvot together with military service at the front. My ultra-Orthodox brothers, we need you!”

Halevi’s comments were his first on the highly contentious issue.

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Israeli victims of the Oct. 7 attacks present their case to the International Criminal Court, hoping for arrest warrants against Hamas

A legal brief documenting the kidnapping, rape, torture and executions of Israelis who are being held hostage by Hamas terrorists in Gaza has been filed at the International Criminal Court by the Canadian-based Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. The 1,000-page dossier documents the brutality of the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks on Israel, which killed […]

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