Humanitarian Aid

Community rallies to support Somalia famine appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2011

More than £169,000 has been raised to help people suffering from the famine in East Africa following a campaign launched by World Jewish Relief.

The aid charity set up a fundraising drive last month as reports of draught and malnutrition in Somalia and its neighbours began filtering through to the international media.

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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.

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Israel offers help after fatal Cyprus blast

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2011

Israel has offered assistance to its geographic neighbour Cyprus following Monday's devastating explosion at a naval base.

The blast left 12 people dead, among them the Cypriot naval chief, and damaged nearby buildings. Investigators said the explosion originated with gunpowder stores at the base.

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WJR launch Horn of Africa famine appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

A Jewish organisation has launched an online appeal in response to the growing food shortage in the Horn of Africa.

The United Nations warned earlier this week that at least nine million people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somilia and Djibouti were facing starvation. The region has been hit by a drought which the UN said was one of the worst in 60 years.

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Red Cross demands proof Shalit is alive

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011

Hamas must prove that Gilad Shalit is alive, the aid group the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.

In a public statement two days before Corporal Shalit's family mark five years of his captivity, ICRC director-general Yves Daccord said they were "more concerned that ever about his fate".

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Bob Geldof accepts an honorary doctorate at BGU

By Jennifer Lipman, June 23, 2011
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Bob Geldof at the Ben-Gurion University ceremony on May 30.

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Bob Geldof on Israeli aid to Africa

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011
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Singer and anti-poverty camapigner Bob Geldof discusses Israeli aid efforts in Africa at the "Israeli Involvement in Africa: Past, Present and Future" conference in Herzliya.

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Bob Geldof: 'Expand the mind' for Middle East peace

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

Bob Geldof has called for the Israeli and Palestinian leaders to expand their minds in order to find a solution to the "rejectionism of now".

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Help Jews in Yemen asks MP

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

The government has been asked to look at what steps can be taken to help Yemeni Jews escape the Middle East and settle in Britain.

Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golders Green, raised the plight of around 70 Jews in the Arabian peninsula during Home Office questions in the Commons.

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Life-saving surgery in Israel for Indonesian toddler

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2011

An 18-month-old boy from Indonesia is recovering in hospital after Israeli doctors at Tel Aviv's Wolfson hospital performed life-saving surgery on his heart.

Kevin, who also had surgery in Beersheva for a double cleft lip and palate, was flown to Israel for the vital medical treatment worth a total of nearly £8,000 by the charity Save a Child's Heart (SACH).

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