Emergency Mateh Binyamin Security Fund
Organized by: Eugene Feldman
This fund is meant to address an urgent need for additional security at some of the more vulnerable settlement communities. Israel is going through very tough times, security needs are enormous and government can't provide adequate security arrangements everywhere. Beit Horon is relatively small community of about 300 families located at Mateh Binyamin region (Route 443). It has very basic fencing which can easily be breached, and a single guard at the entrance. There are 9 educational facilities housing about 1,200 kids of various ages. One month ago 23 year old girl Shlomit Krigman was brutally murdered at Beit Horon by a Palestinian from neighboring village. By pure luck the kids who were playing at the playground just a few hundred feet from the place of the murder left the playground. If the murderer showed up just 15 minutes earlier the outcome could have been so much worse. There is currently no armed patrol, only volunteer emergency response team. Community counsel leaders have raised the issue with government and police, however all the pleading for some funding did not yield results. Israel’s government is not to blame though, it is seriously strained by security burden. I became aware of this situation through an article published in Times of Israel, which promptly put me in touch with counsel leaders (both Beit Horon and Mateh Binyamin). After some back and forth on budget, negotiations with security hevra (company) we came up with a required budget for a permanent patrol, which is $36,000/year. 33% of that will be collected from community itself and the rest ($24,000) I am hoping to raise. I have a guarantee for $12,000 in the event I have a funding shortfall, therefore my current goal is $12,000 - $24,000. This amount will guarantee a budget for the next year.
I know that there are many people who care a lot about the situation in Israel. It’s not Israel’s problem, or settlers problem. It is a problem of Jewish people as a whole and we need to be there when help is needed. Please donate what you can. There is no administrative overhead other than what this site charges. All the funds raised go to Beit Horon.
Below I included one the emails from my correspondence with an amazing lady, who lives in Beit Horon and is a member of Mateh Binyamin consel. The financials mentioned in this email were subsequently revised following the negotiations with security company which reduced their rate from 60 to 50 NIS / Hour
B"H Dear Eugene, First of all we wish to express our deep appreciation for you dedication to the people of Israel, and the fact that you stand with us at this difficult time following the murderous terror attack that we experienced only a few days ago. Bet Horon is located on one of the main highways linking Jerusalem and the coastal plain; Tel Aviv etc.
Our community is a communal settlement established on the principals of unity between religious and less observant Jews and even the symbol of the yishuv (community) is the four species that you see above you on the stationary of the community. Today we have about 300 families and about 1,200 children of various ages. Our main concern is to provide security and protection for the community and our young people, of course including our children during the times when the educational facilities are open and working including an elementary school, and 8 nursery and kindergartens which are left without guards despite our continuous pleas and explanations to the government of Israel.
The following is an explanation of our security needs: Number of Days per month - Cost per hour NIS - Cost per hour US $ 22 60 15 (armed guard to Patrol) 220 22 12 hours 7 am -7pm weekdays 24 4 6 hours Fridays Total cost per month US $3,660 Total cost per month NIS: 14,640 The cost estimate as depicted here is for an entire month. During holidays such as Succot- Passover – less security is needed since the educational facilities are closed.
Again thank you so much for your care and concern. Please G-d if you succeed. I will be in touch later and of course you are always welcome to phone and ask anything you need.
With love of Zion and respectfully yours,