Humanitarian Aid

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.


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.


Israeli soldiers feared dead in Romania air crash

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2010

Israel has sent a specialist search and rescue team to help find any survivors from a helicopter which crashed into a mountain in central Romania, killing at least four of the seven soldiers on board.

The CH-53 military transport helicopter was carrying six Israelis and one Romanian on an aviation training exercise near the town of Zarnest when it is thought to have encountered bad weather.

Officials have not confirmed that the wreckage has been found, but it is believed all those on board have been killed.


Israel sends volunteers to Haiti

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2010

Israel is to send a group of police officers to Haiti to help steady the disaster-struck country.

The Foreign Ministry has agreed to send the 14 volunteers to the Caribbean country as part of a United Nations stabilisation mission.

The Israeli team will join Italian and Serbian officers in the mission, which is aimed at maintaining public order.

In a statement the Foreign Ministry said: “Israel's dispatching of the police team is an expression of its desire to contribute its experience and professional expertise.”


Israel sends humanitarian aid to Congo

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2010

An Israeli medical team has arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo to treat burn victims, following a fuel tanker explosion which killed and injured hundreds of people.

The delegation from Tel Aviv’s Sheba Medical Centre has taken medical equipment to treat those wounded in the disaster

More than 60,000 litres of fuel went up in flames in the city of Sange in the east of the country on July 2.

The doctors, sent there by Israel's National Agency for International Cooperation (MASHAV), are all specialists in plastic surgery and burns.


WJR sends water tanks to Haiti

March 11, 2010

Water tanks for displaced persons camps in Port-au-Prince have been provided by World Jewish Relief with the £500,000 raised to date by its Haiti emergency appeal.

The earthquake had a seriously damaging effect on water and sanitation arrangements and the charity says
the tanks will benefit hundreds of families.

WJR last month announced a partnership with Merlin, a UK-based international aid agency, to help establish health clinics in the devastated areas and is looking to recruit UK Jews to assist the medical and other projects on six-month placements.


Israeli and Jewish aid to Haiti earthquake

By Jessica Elgot, January 14, 2010

Israeli and Jewish aid organisations have flown to Port-au-Prince to deal with the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake which may have killed up to 100,000 people.

El Al has sent two planes, one cargo and another for passengers, and an IDF delegation is due to arrive in the Carribean country today with experts in engineering, medicine and rescue tactics.

IsraAID have also dispatched a 12-man search-and-rescue team to Haiti.