While it’s no secret over 3,000 wounded Syrians, including hundreds of children, have been treated in Israeli hospitals, just a few are aware of Operation ‘Good Neighbor’ with the IDF distributing baby food, medicine, generators, school supplies to 200,000 civilians on Israel’s north-east border, in the Syrian Golan Heights.
By Adi Hashmonai
Four and a half years after Israel first gave aid to Syrians injured in the civil war ravaging the country, Ziv Medical Center in Safed Director Dr. Salman Zarka says the move is “a clear message to the world that Israelis are humane, extending a helping hand and successfully saving our enemies’ lives too.”
Israeli engineers are surveying buildings in the Mexican capital to determine whether they are safe, while others in the delegation continue searching through the rubble, still hoping to find survivors.
By Yoav Zitun, Itamar Eichner
The IDF delegation to Mexico City on Saturday continued searching through the wreckage caused by the deadly 7.1 magnitude earthquake that devastated the country earlier this week, though at this point the chances of finding survivors are said to be very small.Because of the bleak assessments, the Israeli delegation—after consultations with the Mexican, American and Japanese rescue teams also operating in the city—gave up its surgical search methods over the last two days in favor of more massive, large-scale efforts. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Home Front Command delegation from the IDF that arrived in Mexico specializes in construction & engineering, that includes 71 professionally equipped soldiers & officers to assist in the logistical efforts of the locals, from their coordinated search teams, to successful rescues.
– ‘We’ll stay as long as it takes,’ said the IDF delegation’s commander.
By Itamar Eichner and Yoav Zitun
The IDF has dispatched a rescue unit to Mexico City Thursday to assist in logistical efforts in some of the 38 buildings to completely buckle in the Mexican capital after the earthquake that hit it Tuesday.
The earthquake—registering 7.1 on the Richter scale—caused 250 fatalities and injuries to more than 2,000 people. Continue Reading »
The Israeli organization, Rescuers Without Borders, has arrived and set up their humanitarian mission on the Caribbean island of Saint Martin.
– “Every patient or resident that sees us says ‘Thank you Israel, you Israelis got here first.’ It’s a great honor.”
By Moshe Glantz
When Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean, it claimed many lives and caused a lot of damage on the island of Saint Martin, where a delegation from the Israeli organization Rescuers Without Borders (SSF) is working to save lives and provide assistance.
Damage in Saint Martin – Photo: SSF
“Crazy bedlam, complete chaos, gunfire on the streets, insane vandalism, a lot of injuries, and doctors are talking about over a thousand fatalities,” Fernand Cohen-Tannoudji, a resident of Raanana and am SSF volunteer, described the situation on the island. Continue Reading »
Two weeks ago, the Israelife Foundation sent a medical delegation who volunteer at United Hatzalah to help in aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Now, a team is off to Florida.
By Uzi Baruch
A delegation of the Israelife Foundation left for Miami on Saturday night to help the local Jewish community and Israeli community in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
The volunteers taking part in the mission will assist in providing an initial response to the natural disaster and will deal with its implications in terms of the community.
“Our role as volunteers will be to assist the community and to handle the situation as best we can in the absence of American officials, until their arrival,” explained delegation spokesman Moti Elmaliach. Continue Reading »
Working alongside staff from the the Israeli humanitarian aid organization IsraAid and Movers 495, an American-Israeli-owned removals firm, the Israeli embassy in Washington began sending aid to Hurricane Harvey victims.
The US embassy in Washington DC on Tuesday packed up a truck with several tons of supplies and donations to send to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.
The Times of Israel reports that staff from the embassy worked alongside staff from the the Israeli humanitarian aid organization IsraAid and Movers 495, an American-Israeli-owned removals firm.
With volunteers from Movers 495, an American-Israeli-owned removals firm, the Israeli embassy in Washington sends aid to Hurricane Harvey victims. Continue Reading »
Two of Israel’s humanitarian aid organizations IsraAID, and iAID, dispatched teams with relief aid and equipment to assist in cleaning damaged homes, clear debris and offer psychological support to the victims of Harvey’s devastation.
By Nicky Blackburn
Two teams of Israeli aid experts are on their way to Texas to provide vital relief and psychosocial support to the thousands of people who have lost everything in the catastrophic Tropical Storm Harvey.
Soldiers with the Texas Army National Guard move through flooded Houston streets as floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey continue to rise. – U.S. Army photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West
The storm, which first hit Texas on Sunday and continues to plague the beleaguered state with pounding rain, has left nine dead, and tens of thousands of people homeless as flood waters have poured through city streets in Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States. Continue Reading »
As soon as massive mudslide outside Freetown reportedly killed more than 400 people, Israel’s PM Netanyahu instructs Foreign Ministry “to extend assistance immediately and in every way possible.”
• 10,000 meals already sent, with clean water, medicines, blankets, etc.
By Eli Leon, Shlomo Cesana, News Agencies & Israel Hayom Staff
Israel on Tuesday sent humanitarian aid to the West African country of Sierra Leone after a deadly mudslide struck areas outside the capital, Freetown.
Authorities said more than 400 people were killed in and around Freetown on Monday after heavy rains triggered a massive mudslide. The Red Cross estimated that 600 people were still missing, and said the death toll was certain to rise. Continue Reading »
After years of sitting in a wheelchair, unable to stand on his feet and in severe respiratory distress, 4 yr-old Sliman was finally diagnosed correctly, and after the removal of a chest growth undetected in several Gaza hospitals, Sloman is now walking and breathing easier.
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
A four-year-old boy from Gaza is able to walk after undergoing complex surgery at Hadassah-University Medical Center, in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem, to remove a tumor from his chest.
Born with a number of birth defects in his spine and chest, Sliman was taken during his short life to several hospitals in Gaza where unsuccessful attempts were made to diagnose his condition. Continue Reading »
After crediting Haifa’s Rambam Hospital and staff for saving his life, and seeing Gaza, Syrian, and Palestinian children being lovingly cared for, a senior PA official donates “tens of thousands of shekels” to the Israeli institution anonymously, for obvious reasons.
By Hillel Fendel
A top official of the Palestinian Authority has donated an unspecified amount of money – described only as “tens of thousands of shekels” – to Rambam Hospital in Haifa. He was long treated there for cancer, saw the many children and adults from Gaza receiving similar treatment there, and decided that he wanted to share in the kindness. Continue Reading »
Pediatric nurse at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem volunteers to tend to 9-month-old Arab child from Hebron, after father killed and mother seriously injured in a car accident.
By Yael Freidson
During an entire shift in the pediatric emergency room at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, nurse Ula Ostrowski-Zack nursed a nine-month-old Palestinian baby from Hebron whose mother was seriously injured and his father killed in a car accident.
“His aunts were surprised that a Jew agreed to breastfeed him, but I told them that every mother would do it,” she said.
Hadassah Hospital Nurse Ostrowski-Zack, with baby Yaman – courtesy via Ynet
On Friday, Yaman’s parents collided head-on with an armored bus on Route 60. Continue Reading »
Israel’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka delivered disaster relief supplies to Colombo’s Foreign Ministry, along with a letter from President Reuven Rivlin to President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena, expressing Israel’s solidarity with with the Sri Lankan people.
By TAMARA ZIEVE
The American Jewish Joint Distribution (JDC) is providing emergency aid to victims of the devastating flooding and mudslides that hit Sri Lanka this week, killing hundreds of people and displacing hundreds of thousands.
This is the worst natural disaster the island nation has seen since the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami. The JDC is already familiar with the region, having then established a Disaster Management Unit together with Sarvodaya, a local Buddhist-inspired humanitarian organization. Continue Reading »
This is the real Israel:
In the mist of all the knife-attacks and terrorism directed at the Jewish State, Israel isn’t afraid to fight, or render medical attention & humanitarian aid to those who hate them.
By Israel Today Staff
This story happened a couple months back, but we are quite certain that amidst all the bashing of Israel, the mainstream Western media ignored it completely.
Little Aya is suffering from advanced leukemia. Back in August of last year, she was given a permit, along with her mother, to travel from Gaza to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem to receive the care she needs. Continue Reading »
Knowing the hospitals & clinics near her village have all been destroyed, a 29 yr-old pregnant Syrian woman makes way to the Israeli border where IDF soldiers transfer her to an Israeli hospital.
• “I’ll never forget what you did here,” she said.
By Danny Brenner
A 29-year-old Syrian woman gave birth to a healthy girl last weekend in Ziv Medical Center in Safed, and in gratitude to the State of Israel, named the baby Sarah.
The woman came from a village around which every hospital and clinic had been destroyed in the long civil war. Nearing the end of her pregnancy, she made the dangerous trek to the Israeli border, and was brought to the hospital by the Israel Defense Forces, where she gave birth by caesarian section. Continue Reading »