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Israeli Flag Flies at Nepal IDF Field Hospital
On Twitter and on this blog, I’ve had some complaints. Apparently, it bothers people that Israel is bragging (if that’s what we’re doing)…about the help we are sending to Nepal.I’ve tried to explain – we are a nation constantly accused of doing the worst things imaginable, today’s modern-day Nazis, some call us…a claim the Germans, especially, love to use because in attempting to make us look bad, in some twisted way, they think that makes what they did explainable, excusable, whatever.

So, since the world loves to assume the worst, we tend to work harder to offer a balanced picture. Those who condemn Israel, amazingly, don’t speak of Syria, the Congo, Yemen, and so many other places where men and women are tormented, abused, murdered….only Israel, always Israel.

So, what is the world doing for Nepal…what has it done so far, days after this horrific accident?

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Well, the London Guardian posted this:

  • The UK government has announced that it will donate £5m to help the rescue effort in Nepal
  • John Kerry said the US will pledge $1m to the aid effort (they WILL also send aid…no word on when).
  • Australia has also pledged a Aus$5m aid package.
  • Pope Francis led prayers in St Peter’s Square for the dead, displaced and injured in Nepal and surrounding areas.
  • India, Sri Lanka, the UK, China and others are all sending disaster response teams to assist in search and rescue.

Let’s see how BBC handles it:

  • China, India, the UK and US are among those sending aid from abroad.
  • Both countries [China and India] have sent emergency teams to Nepal, along with Pakistan, which said it was dispatching four C130 transport planes carrying a 30-bed hospital.
  • Other countries, including Britain, Australia and New Zealand are also contributing aid, alongside international agencies.

And BBC added a list of dead or missing foreigners:

  • Australia: 549 Australians registered as traveling in Nepal, 200 confirmed safe
  • Bangladesh: 50 nationals, including members of the country’s under-14 girls’ football team, evacuated. No information on exact number of nationals in Nepal
  • China: Four nationals dead in Kathmandu, Xinhua news agency reports
  • Colombia: Seven nationals missing
  • France: French authorities have located 1,098 nationals, but another 674 are still not in touch
  • India: Five killed in Nepal
  • UK: Several hundred Britons believed to be in Nepal. No reports of casualties but some missing.
  • US: Three Americans killed
  • Victims from other countries include a dead Estonian national and a Japanese man killed.
  • UK: Dozens of Britons among the missing

What’s missing from these reports?

Well, from the last part, Israel has been searching for 250 missing Israelis…earlier today we were down to about 120 missing, last count, we’re still missing about 50. Why are we less important than the other nations? Colombia is missing 7…but Israel isn’t worthy of even a mention…

And what else is missing from both of the above.

Well, while the pope is praying and the others are planning and WILL send aid…this is what Israel has DONE:

  • A Boeing 747 jumbo jet sent by El Al has landed in Kathmandu, bringing an IDF search and rescue mission of over 200 soldiers from a specialized search and rescue team and their equipment to the earthquake-ravaged area. It’s already there!
  • Israel had rescued and brought back to Israel, some of its citizens.
  • Some of those helicopters bringing people off Mt Everest were commissioned by Israeli insurance companies…four of those taken off the mountain were Israelis.
  • Four other airplanes are expected to land in the city during the night – meaning, many hours ago, packed with equipment and people, they FLEW to Nepal. 
  • A full field hospital, which will be operational within 12 hours of landing.
  • The search and rescue team consists of 60 members. It is capable of operating in three separate locations simultaneously. It’s on the ground there now!
  • The IDF delegation rented two Boeing 747s to carry personnel and 95 tons of supplies. 
  • The field hospital will include “pediatric, surgical, internal medicine, neonatal, and radiology departments as well as a maternity ward and emergency and operating room,” The IDF said in a statement.
  • The hospital would be able to treat about 200 patients a day…starting in less than 12 hours from NOW.

So BBC feels it is relevant to mention a 30-bed field hospital WILL BE set up by the Indians…but not a 200-bed field hospital with advanced medical equipments including an on-site radiology department?

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Paula R. Stern is CEO of WritePoint Ltd., a leading technical writing company in Israel. Her personal blog, A Soldier's Mother, has been running since 2007. She lives in Maale Adumim with her husband and children, a dog, too many birds, and a desire to write.