Thursday, January 21, 2010

Repair the World: Israel Helps Haiti

"Will the world notice the humanitarian relief Israel has extended to Haiti? Will it make a difference in the way the world views Israel?

Many countries and world leaders have accused Israel of responding disproportionately to aggression from Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza. However, it is time that the world press and media speak of another disproportionate response from Israel.

The terrible disastrous earthquake in Haiti has generated responses from many nations. The US has sent supplies and personnel, Britain sent 64 firemen and 8 volunteers, France sent troops for Search and Rescue. Many large and wealthy nations of the world sent money.

Israel, a nation of 7.5 million people has sent a team of 250 people that include Medical personnel and will establish the largest field hospital in Haiti, treating up to 5000 people a day,an experienced Search and Rescue team and medical supplies. As in previous earthquake disasters, such as in Gujarat India in 2001 and in Turkey , in the bombings in Kenya , Israel has been one of the most generous givers of aid and assistance." (From an email going around this week.)

Just before a 6.1-magnitude aftershock rocked Haiti on Wednesday (Jan. 20), Israeli emergency services treated two children rescued by a team from the New York City fire and police department on Tuesday night.

The children, an 8-year-old boy and a 10-year-old girl, were taken to the Israeli field hospital in Port-au-Prince, where Israelis have treated 367 victims. Israel has provided aid and supplies to Haiti since arriving a few days after an earthquake caused a massive humanitarian crisis on the island nation Jan. 12.

In addition to Israeli and Jewish medical and search-and-rescue teams operating in Haiti, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman initiated proceedings to send a delegation of 10 Israeli police officers to Haiti to assist the United Nations police force there.

Additionally, a team from the Israeli emergency medicine and ambulance service, Magen David Adom, has now joined the Red Cross field hospital set up in the courtyard of Port-au-Prince’s University Hospital. Among other services, the Magen David Adom team will provide psychological and social services to earthquake victims.

The Israeli rescue team has been working with other delegations from Nicaragua, Uruguay, Venezuela and Russia. Nine U.S. volunteers from Los Angeles have joined the Israeli rescue and medical delegations.

The IDF’s team set up the advanced field hospital adjacent to Port-au-Prince’s soccer stadium. So far Israeli medics there have carried out 25 life-saving surgeries and three births—one of them a premature baby. The hospital is equipped to help as many as 500 patients per day.

Following is a partial list of Jewish groups that have set up relief funds and are collecting donations to be sent to Haiti:

American Jewish Committee (AJC) in partnership with IsraAID
To donate to AJC’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, click here
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American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
To donate to the JDC’s Haiti Earthquake Relief program, click here
Contact: Beth Weinstein, Tel.: 212-885-0820, E-mail:
Web site:

American Jewish World Service (AJWS)
To donate to AJWS’s Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, click here
Web site:

World Jewish Relief (WJR)
To donate to WJR’s Haiti Earthquake Emergency Appeal, click here
Web site:

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