Humanitarian Aid

Israel sends help to Belarus train blast victims

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

Israel has sent a medical team to Belarus following a bomb blast in the country’s capital which left at least 12 people dead.

More than 200 people were wounded, many of them critically, following the explosion of a radio-controlled device in an underground train carriage on Monday evening.

Officials in the former Soviet republic have described what happened as a terrorist attack.

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Israeli medical team to aid Ivory Coast displaced

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

An Israeli humanitarian aid organisation is to send a team to help victims of violence in the Ivory Coast.

Bitter fighting over the results of November's presidential election in the cocoa-rich African country has left more than one million people displaced from their homes.

Around 150,000 people have escaped across the border into refugee camps in Liberia.

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Bob Geldof to visit Israel, accept honorary degree

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2011

Musician and campaigner Bob Geldof is accepting an honorary degree from Ben Gurion University later this year.

The award from the university is being conferred in celebration of Mr Geldof's anti-poverty activism, including his organisation of the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts and his work with a range of charitable causes.

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Israel offers help for Japan earthquake rescue

By Jennifer Lipman, March 11, 2011

Israel’s Foreign Ministry is working to account for any citizens who may have been affected by the earthquake that hit Japan last night.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has also asked Israel’s ambassador to Tokyo to offer aid to Japan in the wake of the disaster.

Emergency relief organisation ZAKA said they had dispatched a team to Japan to help with search and rescue efforts.

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Netanyahu honours foreign help for Carmel fire crisis

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2010

Israel has honoured 250 foreign fire fighters and rescue workers from Britain and around the world who worked to control the devastating four-day-long forest fire in the Carmel mountains region.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave the volunteers honorary awards on behalf of the state of Israel at a ceremony in Jerusalem this morning.

He said that for years Israel had sent humanitarian assistance abroad, in response to disasters such as the Haiti earthquake or a fuel tanker explosion in Congo, and praised the international community for doing the same for Israel.

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Carmel fire deaths like scenes from Holocaust

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2010

Rescue workers at the site of Israel’s worst ever forest fire have described “chilling” scenes after 40 prison guards burned to death in a crash in the Carmel mountain region.

The blaze in northern Israel, which has already wrecked thousands of acres of vegetation and caused a mass evacuation of universities and homes in the area, has not yet been brought under control.

Abraham Danziger, a team leader for ZAKA, Israel’s volunteer rescue service, said: “The terrible smell of the charred bodies which is hanging in the air will remain with me for a long time.

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Britain sends RAF helicopters to help Israel battle Carmel fire

By Jennifer Lipman, December 3, 2010

Britain has sent two RAF helicopters to aid Israeli firefighters attempting to control a forest fire that has spread across parts of northern Israel.

The helicopters, which are already on the ground in Israel, are equipped with large buckets to take water from the sea and spread it over the affected area. They have already made two flights and are about to set off on a third.

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Israelis help Romania after baby unit fire

By Jennifer Lipman, August 18, 2010

An Israeli medical team has launched an emergency mission to help save the lives of seven Romanian babies injured in a fire.

Ten Israeli doctors have arrived in Bucharest following a fire in a children's hospital which left four babies dead.

Seven others are critically ill with up to 80 per cent burns on their bodies after the blaze spread through an intensive care unit.

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ZAKA volunteers mourn crash victim colleague

By Jennifer Lipman, August 6, 2010

A member of Israel’s volunteer rescue service has been killed in a car accident along with six members of his family.

Aryeh Bernstein, 43, died after a train collided with a minibus in southern Israel. His wife, pregnant daughter, and four children were also killed when the minibus broke through a railroad barrier near Kiryat Gat.

The only survivors from the crash were the driver and Dudi Gotstein, Mr Bernstein’s son-in-law, who is recovering in hospital. Twenty others were injured.

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Jewish group sending aid to Pakistan flood area

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2010

A British Jewish charity has set up a fundraising drive to help the victims of devastating flooding in Pakistan.

Humanitarian organisation World Jewish Relief (WJR) has launched an emergency appeal to raise money to provide shelter, health care and other forms of aid.

Pakistan’s government announced a state of emergency after more than 300mm of rain was recorded in 36 hours.

The catastrophic weather, the worst monsoon rain experienced by Pakistan since the 1920s, has damaged roads, buildings and agricultural land.

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