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Operation Guardian of the Walls

Defending Israel and Its People

Israel Under Fire

Between May 10-21, 2021, when a ceasefire was reached, thousands of rockets were launched at Israel from Gaza by Hamas, causing fear, panic, destruction and loss of life.

Throughout the missile attacks, The Jewish Agency concentrated our crisis response in three sectors: caring for Jewish Agency beneficiaries who depend on us 24/7 for their protection, safety, and security; providing assistance to the broader Israeli society and those especially in need during the emergency situation; and mobilizing global solidarity movements with communities and partners from the Jewish world. This included ensuring the safety of 3,900 olim (immigrants) in the South in the cities of Ashkelon, Ashdod, Ibim-Sderot Beer-Sheva, Kiryat Gat as well as 3,000 senior Amigour residents in areas under fire.

Our CEO and Director-General, Amira Ahronoviz, even traveled to Ashkelon amidst the barrage of rockets, visiting a Jewish Agency Absorption Center and Amigour housing complex, and meeting with our dedicated staff and new olim there. You can read her firsthand account here.

A home in Ashdod after being hit by a missile | Photographer: Danyelle Neuman Kaye
A home in Ashdod after being hit by a missile | Photographer: Danyelle Neuman Kaye


Helping Terror Victims in Israel’s South: Jewish Agency staff and those directly impacted by the rocket attacks during Guardian of the Walls share their experiences


In solidarity with Israel, Amira Ahronoviz, Director General and CEO of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Eric Fingerhut, CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America and Eric Goldstein, CEO of UJA-Federation of New York, brought us personal stories of coping and resilience from Israelis, broadcast live on the ground from the Amigour Joseph Wilf Senior Citizens House in Tel Aviv. Watch the event here >

A scary moment during the special May 11 briefing with Dr. Michael Oren (former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S.)