web analytics
May 26, 2015 / 8 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


IsraAID Brings Relief to Victims of Oklahoma Tornado

Every day, IsraAID is given a new assignment and they go wherever the victims are.
Presently, the situation is quite dire in the areas where IsraAID is operating.

Presently, the situation is quite dire in the areas where IsraAID is operating.
Photo Credit: IsraAID

Galit Cohen of IsraAID, an Israeli humanitarian organization working all over the world, speaks to United With Israel about IsraAid’s relief efforts in Oklahoma to provide assistance and aid to victims of the recent tornado.

United With Israel recently interviewed Galit Cohen. Galit Cohen is a staff member of IsraAID, an Israeli humanitarian organization, that is presently working on the ground in Moore, Oklahoma, helping American tornado victims by providing disaster relief and counseling. Although IsraAID was also active in the Oklahoman towns of Bethel and Little X, IsraAID decided to focus on Moore because it was hit the worst. IsraAID is the only international humanitarian organization providing disaster relief assistance to Oklahoma at this time.

Presently, the situation is quite dire in the areas where IsraAID is operating. According to Cohen, “It’s extremely bad. It’s shocking. You have cars where you can’t see that it was a car until you see the tires.” She described a trailer park where only 5 out of the 30 trailers survived and how homes were transformed overnight into piles of wood and bricks. Cohen claims that the devastation was so bad that it will take years to fix it. The situation is particularly bad for communities in Oklahoma that lacked insurance to cover the cost of damages.

983660_10151724783979136_1613133063_n

Cohen told United With Israel that every day, IsraAID is given a new assignment and they go wherever the victims are to help them salvage and rebuild their lives. Once they cleared a park that was full of fallen wood. Most of the time, they help families clear the debris from their homes and their yards, and to rescue whatever small items that they can, before the bulldozers come in to tear down the wreckage. Cohen claimed that in most instances, there was not much left for them to rescue because of the damage incurred by the tornado, yet at times, some families are lucky enough to salvage some things. For example, one woman just wanted to be able to save her sons ring from his football team and with the help of IsraAID, she was able to do so.

In addition, IsraAID has been providing counseling to the local population in tornado affected areas in Oklahoma, who were traumatized in the wake of the natural disaster. According to Cohen, “We had a specialist in trauma management and counseling and she worked in Little X with the Red Cross and with the victims of the tornado and tried to calm them down. She worked with a woman who lost all her clothes except one outfit and all she wanted was a plastic bag for what was left of her house. A counselor helped her. This is the level of devastation.”

The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said, “The worst sin to our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them; that is the essence of inhumanity!” This is why Israel has helped to promote women’s rights and combat gender-based violence in South Sudan, assisted Haiti with medical care and agriculture, and worked to help Hurricane Sandy victims. Helping others is one of the core values of the Jewish people. IsraAid’s mission is to “support and empower the efforts of local communities affected by war, natural disaster, acute poverty and massive displacement, to move from emergency situations to sustainable living.”

The local population in Oklahoma has received IsraAID very warmly. According to Cohen, “We inspire people by our existence here. There is eternal gratitude. We had a group of people from the Christian community” who “said that our presence inspired them to keep up their work.” One woman whom Cohen encountered in Oklahoma was very impressed that people would come from the other end of the world just to help out. Cohen claims that it was not just her, for members of Oklahoma society, whether they are waiters, working in McDonalds, or are members of the Jewish or Christian community are “moved by our presence here.” According to Cohen, “The entire community from Oklahoma gave us a group hug.”

For information about IsraAid’s good works check out their Facebook page.

Visit United with Israel

About the Author: Rachel Avraham is a news editor and political analyst for Jerusalem Online News, the English language internet edition of Israel's Channel 2 News. She completed her masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Ben-Gurion University. The subject of her MA thesis was: "Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings in the American, Israeli and Arab media."


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “IsraAID Brings Relief to Victims of Oklahoma Tornado”

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
A rare, 1000 year old ketubah written in Aramaic in the town of Tzur by the scribe Yosef HaKohen son of Yaakov HaKoen.
Rare 1,000 Yr Old Ketubah on Exhibit in Jerusalem
Latest News Stories
A rare, 1000 year old ketubah written in Aramaic in the town of Tzur by the scribe Yosef HaKohen son of Yaakov HaKoen.

An extremely rare 1,000-year-old ketuba inscribed in Aramaic is now on exhibit in the National Library in Jerusalem.

courtesy, 0404

The ancient Yemenite synagogue in Jerusalem’s Shiloach area came under repeated attack during prayers over Shavuot.

President Obama watches helplessly as his two-year-old Passover Seder guest throws a tantrum.

Two-year-old Claudia Chaudhary now is world-famous for throwing a tantrum at Obama’s feet during the Seder.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu had promised that he would head the ministry and work with the mayor.

Netanyahu pacified the EU and said he wants to resume talks on new borders, which the Palestinian Authority total rejects.

Stray bullets from Gaza terrorists’ live-fire training exercises have landed in Israeli communities near the security fence, HaKol Yehudi reported Tuesday. It said that the IDF has claimed they were “stray bullets.” Hamas terrorists reportedly are carrying out live-fire training are paving a new road less than 200 yards from the fence.

Have the Border Police learned enough Torah the past year?

The Office of President Reuven Rivlin has denied reports that he will receive on Thursday a citation of honor from the left-wing New Israel Fund (NIF) on Thursday. It clarified that the Jewish-Arab Center at Givat Haviva, which is funded in part by the NIF, is awarding the President. Rivlin’s office stated: The Jewish-Arab Center […]

Woodstock was not so original, according to Israeli archaeologists.

Erdan is set to be sworn in as the new Minister of Internal Security, Strategic Affairs and Advocacy.

Effort to depose Rabbi Riskin are revenge against his positions and halachic decisions.

Appointing Gold, a strong right-winger, is a clear message to the Obama administration that Israel’s fed up with its illusions.

The Chief Rabbinate will invite Rabbi Riskin for a hearing on whether to extend his term, ostensibly because of his age but possibly because of his views on conversion.

Hareidi Jews dance as they celebrates the end of Jewish holiday of Shavuot at the Kotel in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday night (and that was after just 2 days, imagine how they danced in Galus after three!).

The terrorist organization also copied the Israeli phrase that Jerusalem always will be “undivided.”

Two cops who ordered a pizza vomited instead of getting high.

More Articles from Rachel Avraham
1024px-Donna_Edwards_at_victory_rally,_February_13,_2008

Edwards is rated #4 by the Arab-American Institute for her pro-Palestine pro-Arab voting record.

saudi_lady_drivers_2013

A Saudi woman’s like a queen without a chauffeur, driven around by Saudi men whenever she commands

“Most of the Palestinians in Judea&Samaria are former Jews, converted by force by the Ottomans.”

Jewish communities worldwide commemorate Yehudit during Chanukah by eating dairy foods in her honor

In Jordan,Palestinians are discriminated in every field: education; healthcare; employment; business

Living is Israel is costlier than in other countries but how will your kids grow up in the diaspora?

Given these statistics, I feel that it is not worth it to live in the United States.

Pro-Israel groups must broaden their coalitions and feature more pro-Israel minority speakers.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israaid-brings-relief-to-victims-of-oklahoma-tornado/2013/06/05/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: