Ruth Messinger's social action plan to bring in Jewish youth

By Jessica Elgot, July 5, 2012

Activism on international poverty and human rights is bringing British and American Jews back into the community, the head of the American Jewish World Service said in London this week.


Heart surgery in Israel for Haiti earthquake girl

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2011
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Doctors at a hospital near Tel Aviv perform life-saving surgery on 12-year-old Amy Mariolata, who was brought to an Israeli-run clinic soon after the devastating January 2010 earthquake.

At the time she was given a life expectancy of two years, but she should now live into her 30s because of the operation.


Jewish man's body found in Haiti

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2010

The body of a Jewish man has finally been recovered from the rubble of the Haiti earthquake, nearly two months after being reported missing.

Canadian Alexander Shmuel Bitton, 37, died after the Montana Hotel, where he was staying on a business trip, collapsed as the earthquake hit Haiti.

This week, Israeli rescue volunteers ZAKA recovered a body which carried Mr Bitton’s passport.

The body has been transferred to the United Nations facility in Haiti to be formally identified.


WJR’s plan for more medics for Haiti

By Leon Symons, February 18, 2010

The success of its Haiti earthquake fundraising appeal has spurred international aid charity World Jewish Relief to step up the help it is providing to the stricken island.

Chief executive Paul Anticoni has launched an appeal for medical and health experts to form teams to run four mobile clinics.

The teams - a doctor and two primary health care nurses - will visit displacement camps housing thousands of refugees whose homes were destroyed.


Jenny Tonge: Pressure from Zionist lobby

By Jessica Elgot, February 15, 2010

Baroness Tonge, who was sacked from her post as Liberal Democrat health spokesperson for the House of Lords, has criticised the Israeli lobby in British politics in a Press TV interview.

She also wrote an email to pro-Palestinian activist Deborah Fink, blaming the JC for spreading the organ-stealing allegations.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg sacked Baroness Tonge after she told the JC she believed there should be an independent inquiry into allegations of organ trafficking by the IDF while they helped the earthquake victims in Haiti.


Jenny Tonge stripped of Lords role

By Martin Bright, February 12, 2010

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has sacked controversial peer Jenny Tonge as the party’s health spokesperson in the Lords over her demands for an investigation into allegations of body parts harvesting by the Israeli Defence force in Haiti.

Her remarks followed an article making the accusations in the online journal Palestine Telegraph, of which Baroness Tonge is a patron.


Clegg: Tonge 'ludicrous but not racist'

By Robyn Rosen, February 12, 2010

Nick Clegg has reacted further to LibDem peer Baroness Tonge's comment this week that Israel should set up an inquiry to disprove allegations that its medical teams in Haiti “harvested” organs of earthquake victims for use in transplants.

The party leader insisted that despite admitting her comments were “ludicrous, ”she was not “antisemitic or racist”.


Tonge: Investigate IDF stealing organs in Haiti

By Simon Rocker and Martin Bright, February 11, 2010

Baroness Tonge, the Liberal peer, said this week that Israel should set up an inquiry to disprove allegations that its medical teams in Haiti “harvested” organs of earthquake victims for use in transplants.

Her call has been sharply criticised by fellow LibDems, but party leader Nick Clegg has refused to act against her.

The organ theft claims were published last week in the Palestine Telegraph, an online journal based in Gaza of which Baroness Tonge is a patron.


British doctor Ian Miskin tells of hell in Haiti

By Marcus Dysch, February 4, 2010

A British doctor has described in detail for the first time the incredible effort made by Israeli medics to help victims of the Haitian earthquake.

Dr Ian Miskin and his team treated more than 1,100 survivors, conducting 400 operations and working round the clock to scour the devastated island for improvised supplies and equipment.

Colleagues were even forced to strip machinery found in collapsed buildings to retrieve screws for use in operations on damaged limbs.


IDF welcomed home from Haiti

By Jessica Elgot, January 28, 2010

The IDF delegation to Haiti were given a heroes’ welcome on their return to Israel.

Senior officials of the Israel Defense Forces and the government attended the ceremony as the 200-man team touched down at Ben Gurion airport.

More than 200,000 people are believed to have died in the devastating earthquake in the capital Port-au-Prince on January 12.

The forces made the decision to pull out of the country after the arrival of more aid organizations and more US emergency workers. They have brought back a 5-year-old child from Haiti to Israel for heart surgery.