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Israeli Aid Missions Providing Relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims

The 12-person delegation will be offering rescue, rehabilitation, and communal resource services to New York residents of Far Rockaway and Long Beach.
Israel Flying Aid and synagogue volunteers in Connecticut preparing an emergency food convoy.

Israel Flying Aid and synagogue volunteers in Connecticut preparing an emergency food convoy.
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An Israeli delegation of trained rescue volunteers is departing to New York today, Friday, November 9, to assist victims devastated by Hurricane Sandy. The delegation is headed by Shahar Zahavi, CEO of IsraAID, the Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, an Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO) that has facilitated aid and relief program across the world, including in Haiti, Japan, Turkey, Kenya and South Sudan.

The 12-person delegation will be offering 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. They will also be identifying areas with vulnerable populations and allocating resources to older people and families with young children who have suffered significant damages to their homes and have no power.

Financing for the mission comes from young Israelis and from Israeli businesses, alongside partner companies in the United States, which are supplying the Israeli crew with water, food, gasoline, clothing, blankets and storage facilities to distribute to people who have been evacuated from their homes.

According to spokesperson Tova Hametz the IsraAid delegation’s mission is to “rehabilitate, rescue, bolster morale and bring physical resources in the most effective, organized and expedient way.” She added that Zahavi has much experience in relief work following his mission in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.

According to Israel’s foreign office, a number of Israeli NGOs are working to bring relief and supplies including food, fuel and generators to both victims and emergency workers in New York and New Jersey. Among those NGOs are Israel Flying Aid and Israeli Humanitarian Aid-LATET. Those efforts have been coordinated with local police departments, the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Jewish communities in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

One of the Israeli volunteers, Joel Leyden, helped organize an aid convoy from Connecticut to Long Island, bringing food and generators to first responders, fire departments, police, and to homes. He and other Israeli volunteers also passed out Dunkin’ Donuts to people waiting at gas stations.

“We wore our blue-and-white-Israeli hats to make sure they knew this aid was coming from the people of Israel,” said Leyden, according to the foreign office website.

Hurricane Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricanes and the second-costliest after Hurricane Katrina. The October hurricane killed more than 110 people in 10 states, left more than 8 million homes and businesses in the Northeast without electricity, and tens of thousands of Americans homeless.

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32 Responses to “Israeli Aid Missions Providing Relief to Hurricane Sandy Victims”

  1. Quite wonderful that the people of Israel care about us and are sending help.

  2. Rc Fowler says:

    Very good!

  3. May Hashem continue to Bless Israel….. thank you for your support for all humanity!

  4. Edward Lobel says:

    Israelis and Jews everywhere are a remarkable people!
    We can argue amongst ourselves and still band together to help others in need!
    I am very proud to be Jewish and very proud of my Israeli brothers and sisters!

  5. Arie Rosenrauch says:

    Israel has provided more assistance to the victims, and with a greater sense of urgency, then bloomberg, christie, and obama COMBINED.

  6. David Pitch says:

    I wouldn't believe everything that comes out of Joel Leydens mouth. On Nov 2 he said that Israel was the only country that was giving aid. False, Israel has given nothing nor is it needed. The US is not a 3rd world country everything is here it just has to be distributed. Many of the International runners that were here for the marathon, donated their time, bought goods and volunteered way before Leyden did. He also stated right after the hurricane hit that israel was delivering THOUSANDS of gallons of fuel, I and others asked him to prove every one of his statements and he couldn't so he used the you must be from Iran card and banned us all from his groups. Joel Leyden is a propaganda specialist creating many FB groups to promote himself. See the Nov posting before he deletes it as he has done to many posts now https://www.facebook.com/FrankenstormPrepareCommunicateEmergencyRescue.

  7. Heshy R says:

    I live in Long Beach and will see this for myself tomorrow when I go back to help with the cleanup and recovery effort. If the people there know of this, then those who cry "propaganda" can eat a nice dish of crow. I don't want to hear any squawking from those who say the US gets nothing as a return on its investment. And considering how the authorities and utilities have been mishandling things in places like Long Beach and Rockaway, the Third World comparison is close to apt.

  8. Heshy R says:

    I live in Long Beach and will see this for myself tomorrow when I go back to help with the cleanup and recovery effort. If the people there know of this, then those who cry "propaganda" can eat a nice dish of crow. (I also don't want to hear any squawking from those who say the US gets nothing as a return on its investment.) And considering how certain authorities and utilities have been mishandling things in places like Long Beach and Rockaway, the Third World comparison is close to apt.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Someone better care about the USA, since their so-called leaders sure don't Better that ISRAEL stays at home and takes care of their OWN people who are constantly being targeted by terrorist attacks.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Now, here's a guy who thinks and does some studies before he comments here. That, I like.

  11. Anonymous says:

    In all the twenty plus countries I've been to, the USA is more like the most repressive and "third world" mentality than ANY other that I've been to. Good luck on ALL that's coming to them.

  12. Debra Fletcher says:

    finally – some foreign aid for us!

  13. David Pitch says:

    More lies. Exactly WHO requested aid in NY meanwhile thousands of Israelis are living in poverty, missles are being shot into the negev, Sandys victims in Haiti go unnoticed Blah Blah blah Joel ps Israel news agency is joel leyden, United states news agency and new york news agency I can go on and on and on with his craphttp://www.israelnewsagency.com/newyorknewjerseystormhurricanesandyisraelhumanitarianaiddisasterreliefvictimsfoodfuelgaselectricygeneratorsidfmedicaldelegation48110812.html

  14. "The US is not a 3rd world country everything is here it just has to be distributed." Uh-huh. And if my grandmother had wheels, she'd be a car.

  15. Junior Pee says:

    I live in Far Rockaway & i really can't recall seeing any Israeli volunteers! I saw Occupy Wall Street volunteers, alot of churches & mosques and many unions giving away food, clothing & supplies……where were they located?????

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