The Jewish Agency for Israel plans to distribute $1 million to more than 100 individuals and families that have been directly affected by the wave of terror attacks in Israel that began in October.
Each family will receive financial assistance of up to $6,400 from the agency’s Fund for Victims of Terror, which is meant to supplement government support for victims of terror, the agency announced in a news release Wednesday.
Families that have lost loved ones in terror attacks and those physically or emotionally affected will be able to use the financial aid for rehabilitation, supplemental treatment, the purchase of medical equipment, personal empowerment and other purposes.
In addition to the supplemental assistance, the fund will offer emergency assistance of approximately $1,000 to any family affected by terror in order to help them address immediate needs in the aftermath of an attack.
The fund, which will operate in partnership with the Ministry of Defense and the National Insurance Institute, relies on donations from Jewish federations around the world.
Natan Sharansky, the chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency, said in a statement: “This is an expression of Diaspora Jewry’s solidarity with the people of Israel, which is also manifested by the hundreds of thousands of Jews who visit Israel, the tens of thousands of Jewish young people who participate in Israel experience programs, and the record number of Jews who choose to immigrate to Israel – even now.”
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