Makes Formal Request To Israel For Hurricane Sandy Humanitarian
and Jacob Parrott, Joel Leyden deliver food, generators
and gas to Hurricane Sandy victims. Photo:
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Israel News Agency
York, NY --- November 10, 2012 ... One week after New York Governor
Andrew Cuomo rejected a formal offer by Israel to assist in emergency
disaster relief, other authorities in New York State have formally
asked Israel for "all aid and or assistance."
formal request for humanitarian aid may result in the Israel Defense
Forces dispatching medical and supply units to New York.
The IDF has been on site helping thousands of disaster victims
in several countries including Haiti, Turkey, Japan and most recently
in Ghana to assist in search-and-rescue efforts following the
collapse of a multi-story shopping center in the city of Accra.
Governor Cuomo's rejection for assistance from Israel, hundreds
of thousands of New Yorkers remained without electricity, food,
water and shelter. To make matters worse, a second storm slammed
New York with fierce 60 mph winds and snow. As of this writing
several towns in New York have been evacuated as their infrastructure
has been totally destroyed and New Yorkers are now rationing gasoline.
York was hit by the worst storm that it has ever seen," said
Joel Leyden, director of Israel
"But even worse than over 100 lives lost and thousands of
homes being totally destroyed, is the federal and state politics
which is preventing an effective and rapid recovery. It is truly
remarkable that there are still some people in local government
that place human life above their positions in public office and
it is these people who are welcoming all and any assistance from
the State of Israel and from NGO's - non-government organizations
which have years of global experience in emergency disaster relief."
the Israel NGO's which are continuing volunteer efforts to aid
thousands in New York is IsraAid.
is sending a 12-person delegation to offer rescue, rehabilitation,
and communal resource services to New York residents of Far Rockaway
and Long Beach, as well as the Atlantic City-Margate area along
the Jersey Shore.
its creation in 2001, IsraAID has coordinated and facilitated
aid programs all over the world, notably: relief to cyclone victims
in Myanmar, long term aid programs for starving communities in
Malawi, rehabilitation and relief in South East Asia following
the devastating tsunami, psycho-social programs for Darfur refugees
on the Chad-Sudan border, and aid to Somali war refugees in Kenya,
as well as many more.
we are looking at here is an opportunity to help a nation which
provides assistance to Israel on a daily basis," said Leyden.
"There is not one Israeli who does not cherish the US, it's
democratic process and it's unwavering friendship. The US is one
of our largest trading partners, but of greater importance is
our partnership in defense. We take part in several joint military
exercises to defend the only democracy in the Middle East and
to protect US bases and interests in the region. To be able now
to provide medical, technical and manpower logistics to our best
friend is the very least that we can do."
the last week Israeli non-profit groups have been on site in New
York and New Jersey providing food, generators, batteries and
fuel to police, fire, Red Cross first responders and directly
to Hurricane Sandy victims. Among those who have made invaluable
contributions and donations are Moti Kahana of Israel
Flying Aid, Panera Bread of Connecticut, Dunkin Donuts, Sears
and the members of Temple
Beth Hillel of South Windsor, Ct.
his Facebook page, Israel Ambassador to the US Michael Oren stated:
"I am very proud of Israel's Humanitarian Aid volunteers
who are working to bring relief to Hurricane Sandy's victims and
supplies to the emergency workers in New York, New Jersey and
Connecticut." Oren's comments have been shared by over 400
Facebook members reaching millions in the US and around the world.
the latest news on Israel's Humanitarian Relief Efforts in the
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This social media forum is now serving as the PR advocacy arm
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