Archive for the ‘humanitarian missions and causes’ Category

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Israel Allows Humanitarian Aid into Gaza

March 2, 2008

Recognizing the impending humanitarian crisis facing Gaza, Israel allowed 62 trucks carrying medical supplies and humanitarian aid into the Gaza strip.

Among other things, the supplies included thousands of blood units, one million gauzes, and basic food.

Israel also allowed 7 trucks carrying oil, 7 trucks carrying sugar, and 9 trucks of dairy products, and four trucks with fish and meat.

Israeli security forces have made it clear that in spite of the fighting going on in the Gaza strip, there is no intention of allowing a humanitarian crisis to unfold, and medical and humanitarian aid will continue to be delivered to Gaza.

I’m happy to read that in the midst of the warfare, Israel has not lost site of the fact that those who are attacking us (close to 30 rockets have been launched today at Sderot, Ashkelon, and other towns in the Negev) are the minority in their community: Just like the innocent people of the Negev, one can assume that the majority of the Palestinians just want to live their lives.

One would hope, at least.

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‘Band Aid’ – Israelis for Congo

May 21, 2007

Humanitarian organizations and Israeli artists join forces in a rock concert for the benefit of rape victims and their families in East Congo.

To sponsor aid, leading Israeli artists including Aviv Gefen, Ehud Banai, Ahinoam Nini (Noa), and Idan Reichel, will perform in a joint rock concert on Friday, May 27, in Hangar 11 in Tel Aviv. Revenue from the concert will be donated for the building of medical clinics, medical equipment, and training professionals to help rehabilitate the rape victims and their children.

This concert is led by journalist Itay Engel who visited East Congo in 2006. This an excerpt from a column he wrote upon his return:

On the whole planet, there is no place more terrible at the moment than eastern Congo. In a six-year war, close to four million people have died. This fact is so terrifying that the phenomenon of women being raped seems insignificant. If I chose to be a journalist, and I try to tell the stories most important for the world to hear, then Bukavu in east Congo is a place I have sworn to come to for years.

Except now, after arriving and taking pictures, I am completely frustrated at the thought that maybe you can’t even hear this story. Everything here is just too much. I mean, six women who have been raped, their lives shattered, is a tragedy. Thirty rape victims is madness. Hundreds of thousands is incomprehensible. You cannot process it. You cannot relate to it.

Read the rest of the letter and the article here on Ynet.

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Israel launches humanitarian mission in Vietnam

May 20, 2007

A 54-member medical staff left for Vietnam last week to treat sick and poor people all around the country and provide them with financial aid.

The team set up medical camps in which some 2,500 children that have never seen a doctor before were treated. Patients in need of an operation were transferred to a city clinic, which performed all the operations free of charge.

Food, clothing and toys were also distributed among the poor children.

The week-long mission, which was greatly praised by the Vietnamese government, will come to its end on Tuesday.

You can read more about this here.