JERUSALEM, Nov. 5 – Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (“The Fellowship”), who has been working for four decades to build bridges of understanding between Christians and Jews, called the deadly attack on a church near San Antonio today “terror” and called for renewed solidarity among Christians and Jews.
“Terror that violates a house of prayer is evil, unrivaled,” Eckstein said. “Christians and Jews must stand together as ever before, forming an ideological firewall against all violent extremists who aim to transport us to the darkest moments of our history where hatred knows no limit.”
Eckstein added that The Fellowship was “shocked and sickened by this evil act, and our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones.”
Details are still emerging, but reports indicate a lone still-unidentified gunman killed more than 20 people and wounded multiple others at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, during morning services. No stated motive is yet known and the gunman was reported to be dead. Federal and local law enforcement officials and first responders were on the scene.
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The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) was founded in 1983 to promote better understanding and cooperation between Christians and Jews, and build broad support for Israel. Today it is one of the leading forces helping Israel and Jews in need worldwide – and is the largest channel of Christian support for Israel. Led by its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, The Fellowship now raises more than $140 million per year, mostly from Christians, to assist Israel and the Jewish people. Since its founding, The Fellowship has raised more than $1.4 billion for this work. The organization has offices in Jerusalem, Chicago, Toronto, and Seoul.