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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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