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Filipinos are Thankful for the Miracles Performed by the IDF (VIDEO)

How appropriate at this time for the people of the Philippines to be Thankful for the Miracles Performed by the IDF
The people of the Philippines are thankful to Israel for the assistance provided in the aftermath of the typhoon which devastated their nation

The people of the Philippines are thankful to Israel for the assistance provided in the aftermath of the typhoon which devastated their nation
Photo Credit: screen capture from #IDF Without Borders

Few if any people in the Philippines are celebrating either Thanksgiving or the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, but many people there have been extremely thankful for the assistance provided by the Jewish state’s Search and Rescue Unit of the Israel Defense Forces over the past few weeks.

The Israelis were in Bogo City, Philippines for 12 days during which time they delivered 36 babies (the first one was named Israel as a lifelong honoring of the Jewish State’s help), performed 60 surgeries and overall served more than 2600 patients, in addition to assisting the Filipino government in repairing buildings and infrastructure damaged by Typhoon Haiyan.

The humanitarian assistance provided by the IDF to the people in the Philippines is only the latest global disaster to which IDF personnel have been dispatched to help regardless of the color or religion of those in need.

Watch the video to see the IDF in action, and to see how the people of the Philippines showed their appreciation.  And be thankful for all the miracles performed by the Jewish State.

Chag Chanuka Sameach.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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12 Responses to “Filipinos are Thankful for the Miracles Performed by the IDF (VIDEO)”

  1. Brian Alan says:

    don’t believe it.

  2. Dave says:

    @VRWCTexan I am sure the help from the Muslim country’s is en route!

  3. Bert Schlossberg says:

    I am very familiar with Philippinos as I am with Israelis. We are a family of three citizenships – Israeli, Philippines, and American, This appreciation for the help that the Israelis have given, the genuiness and simple joy of the children and the adults, and the Israeli sincere appreciation of the people of the Philippines whom they met and served is heartwarming, and real. Thanks be to God!

  4. Bert Schlossberg says:

    The little known part that the Philippenes played in rescuing Jews from the Nazis. And now the Israelis are doing their part –

    Manuel Luis Quezón (August 19, 1878 – August 1, 1944) served as president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944.

    Did you know that the president of the Philippines at great risk to himself gave refuge to the Jews and maintained the refuge even though the German Reich would demand of the later occupying Japanese the hand over of all Jews given refuge?

    While the German industrialist Oskar Schindler became famous due to Oscar-winning 1993 Steven Spielberg film Schindler’s List about his saving 1,200 European Jews from Adolf Hitler’s Holocaust, halfway around the globe a group of poker-playing friends in the Philippines, staring in the late 1930s, began planning the steps which eventually saved about 1,500 Jews.

    In 1940, Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon decided to execute this plan that resulted in his country giving shelter to Jewish refugees. "On the day a ship arrived carrying 300 Jewish refugees from Nazi oppression, Quezon gave a speech in which he condemned the Nazi persecution – an act that many heads of state avoided. The speech led the German consul to the Philippines to protest the president's offending the honor of the German Reich, but Quezon nevertheless offered shelter to 10,000 Jews. Eventually, 1,500 took refuge on the islands" -Jerusalem Post

    The dramatic rescue plan for the Jews was devised by three men who mapped out a strategy over weekend nights playing poker and smoking cigars. They were 3 Jews and 2 Gentiles: These 5 were – President Quezon, who would sanction the Jews’ official entry and even donate his own land in Marikina and Mindanao for their settlements (he would also oppose and shame fellow Philippinos in government who resisted the refuge fearing that it would go ill for them); American High Commissioner to the Philippines Paul McNutt, who risked his political career convincing US government officials to issue thousands of working visas for Jews to the Philippines; and Herbert Frieder and his sons, Jewish owners of the Philippine-based Helena Cigar and Cigarette Factory, who provided jobs in their factory for the Jews, raised money to transport them to Manila, found them housing and schools for their children. The lesson – Never say nothing can be done, somewhere there is a start!

  5. Jean Perles says:

    The people of the Philippines are thankful to Israel for the assistance provided in the aftermath of the typhoon which devastated their nation

  6. Anonymous says:

    Too bad the world media didn't publicize this, as they never do.

  7. May God be glorified in what has been done by the people he chose to be his people.

  8. "grateful for the opportunity to help others.."

  9. Have a happy Hanukkah and a peaceful Shabbat Shalomשבת שלום

  10. Wonderful. Hopefully, the world is paying attention to these good works by the people of Israel.

  11. Wonderful. Hopefully, the world is paying attention to these good works by the people of Israel.

  12. Nice Guy says:

    THE Philippine people are teaching their children (who by the way saw it first hand) that ISRAEL and JEWS saved them when they needed it…this promotes friendship and brotherhood between nations….THE ARABS keep it a big big secret from their ignorant masses that the JEWS/Israel help them and not only that the arabs teach horrible hatred of the Jews and that the masses must KILL Jews and they get heaven with 70 virgins to abuse at their pleasure. We should INSIST that if we give any help to the Arabs that they must mention it to their children in their schools and must mention it on their tv and in their newspapers with NO hatred no properganda…just true reporting….and indeed they must stop their teaching hatred of the Jews and of Israel or we simply do NOT help them! and the can go to other arab nations for their help (yeah right! like they can get help from anyone else but Israel and the Jews ! )

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