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Life amid death: Baby born in Israeli field hospital in Haiti – Haaretz – Israel News

Amid the tragedy and devastation encompassing the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince since Tuesday’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake, a happy event took place Sunday inside the field hospital erected by the Israeli relief delegation in the city. Doctor Shir Dar, who works at Hadassah Ein-Karem, delivered the first healthy baby in the Israeli hospital.

The mother told Dar that she would name her son Israel. “Amid all the death around us,” the doctor said, “it is very symbolic.” He said that childbirth in impoverished Haiti doesn’t normally take place in hospitals, and that this particular woman received the best care from the best doctors. Read more. Life amid death: Baby born in Israeli field hospital in Haiti – Haaretz – Israel News

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Remarks by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on Haiti

Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks at the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting today (1/17/2010):

“I would like to say a few words about the horrific tragedy that took place in Haiti.  What happened there is a large-scale disaster of very great proportions.  The lack of protective measures only deepened the tragedy.  I think that it is our obligation, as the State of Israel, as the state of the Jewish People, to mobilize immediately – and this we have done.  As soon as I learned of the dimensions of the disaster, I ordered that a team be dispatched.  It left with the speed characteristic of the IDF, in coordination with the Foreign Ministry.

The defense establishment sent a team which has begun to work and is already saving lives.  It is a field hospital with doctors, x-ray machines and other vital pieces of equipment that are in short supply in Haiti.  I think that this is in the best tradition of the Jewish People; this is the true covenant of the State of Israel and the Jewish People. 

This follows operations we have carried out in Kenya and Turkey; despite being a small country, we have responded with a big heart.  The fact is, I know, that this was an expression of our Jewish heritage and the Jewish ethic of helping one’s fellow.  I hope that the team saves lives and that Haiti succeeds in recovering from this awful tragedy.

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Israeli aid arrives in Haiti, field hospital set up

See updates from Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs at Israeli aid arrives in Haiti, field hospital set up 17-Jan-2010

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Israeli Team Saves Queens Doctor’s Brother

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New Yorkers Can Donate Supplies through JDC Partners

NEW YORK, NY, January 15, 2010-The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the world’s largest Jewish humanitarian assistance organization, in collaboration with the Afya Foundation, began loading their first container of supplies in New York City this morning at 9:30 a.m. to be shipped to victims of Haiti’s catastrophic earthquake.  The container, which is filled with hundreds of mattresses and blankets donated by Jewish Home Lifecare in New York City, will be shipped for Partners in Health International to manage the logistics of distribution on the ground in Haiti.
New Yorkers can participate right now by donating the following supplies to the drop-off location –
Afya’s Warehouse at 510 Nepperhan Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701.
  • Sheets
  • Blankets
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Towels
  • Clothing
  • Water Purification Tablets
  • Water
  • Electrolyte Tablets
  • Small Water Buckets
  • Ensure (or any liquid food supplement)
  • Respiratory Masks
  • Personal Care Items
  • Gauze
  • Bandages
  • IV Starter Kits
  • Syringes
  • Gloves
  • Needles
  • Ringers
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Topical Antiseptic
  • Casting Materials
  • Cotton
  • Closed Toed Shoes
Please note supplies cannot be accepted which are expired or less than 5 months from expiration.
The Afya Foundation has been working in collaboration with Partners in Health International for many years to collect and deliver medical supplies that are donated by hospitals, health organizations, companies and people to communities in Haiti. 
JDC continues to conduct a full and rapid assessment of the situation on the ground, and is reaching out to its network of partners to determine immediate needs of the hardest-hit areas. These efforts are part of JDC’s International Development Program (IDP), which provides immediate relief and long-term assistance to victims of natural and manmade disasters. JDC and its partners worldwide have implemented similar relief efforts in more than 60 countries. Many IDP-operated programs are ongoing and are helping to rebuild infrastructure and community life in disaster-stricken regions.
Click to make a cash contribution.
About the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)
Since 1914, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has given global expression to the principle that all Jews are responsible for one another.  Working today in over 70 countries, JDC acts on behalf of North America’s Jewish communities and others to rescue Jews in danger, provide relief to those in distress, revitalize overseas Jewish communities and help Israel overcome the social challenges of its most vulnerable citizens.  JDC also provides non-sectarian emergency relief and long-term development assistance worldwide.  For more information, please log on to: www.JDC.org
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