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Israel’s Disproportionate Response

An email wonders: Is Richard Goldstone paying attention to Haiti relief efforts?

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The Emails of Zion is a collection of messages from Jewish parents, uncles, aunts, grandparents, and others who are eager—often way too eager—to inform their children about issues of pressing concern to the Jewish community. Some of these emails may sound crazy, paranoid, ethnocentric, and/or racist, while others are disturbingly sane. These are the voices of our elders, lightly edited and presented for the convenience of their progeny, who are often too busy to write back.

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From: [Acquaintance’s mother]
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2010 08:08:11 -0500
Subject: FW: Israel’s Disproportionate Response
To: [Acquaintance]

Savta got this from a colleague. She doesn’t fully understand why this type of e mail is poison. I think the accomplishments of the IDF speaks for itself without the rest of this crap.

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From: [Acquaintance’s grandmother]
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 7:43 AM
To: [Distribution mother]
Subject: Israel’s Disproportionate Response

ISRAEL’S DISPROPORTIONATE RESPONSE

Many countries and world leaders have accused Israel of responding disproportionately to aggression from Hizballah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

However, it is time that the world press and media speak of another disproportionate response from Israel.

The terrible disastrous earthquake in Haiti has generated responses from many nations. The US has sent supplies and personnel, Britain sent 64 firemen and 8 volunteers, France sent troops for Search and Rescue. Many large and wealthy nations of the world sent money. The Arab and Moslem world nothing.

Israel, a nation of 7.5 million people has sent a team of 220 people that include Medical personnel and will establish the largest field hospital in Haiti, treating up to 5000 people a day, an experienced Search and Rescue team and medical supplies. As in previous earthquake disasters, such as in Gujarat India in 2001 and in Turkey, in the bombings in Kenya, Israel has been one of the most generous givers of aid and assistance

Turkey seems to have forgotten this help as its extreme Moslem Government is cozying up to Iran.

Judge Goldstone, where are you now? Eating your heart out and hanging your head down in shame I hope.

The favorite occupation in the UN is Israel bashing. More resolutions have been passed condemning Israel than all the so called democratic nations such as Sudan, China, Russia and others for their crimes against their minorities.

I think it is time that the world should know about Israel’s disproportionate response.

Please forward this to as many people as you can.

David Yehezkel

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Terence Carpenter says:

Theitem ‘Disproportaniate response has received widespread distribution in Australia. I have been asked by several people for the credentials of David Yehezkel so they can pass the message on to sceptics and unbeleivers. Whilst along with my other supporters of Israel, we have no problem with the truth of the item, but there are 2 entries on the web for David Y… Can you help please?

Blessings and Shalom

Terence Carpenter
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Hermam Rosen says:

The obsession of the world with Israel and what the Jews are up to is
astonishing. The BBC has what I think is a “Jewish Desk” which closely follows all the “nefarious” things we Jews and Israel are up to.

In England recently I was asked why “I” did not give the Palestinians
their homeland back. This was a clergyman..not a Muslim but COE.
So you aint gonna hear much about Israel’s Haiti mission in Europe.
In fact were there any Muslim countries that supplied aid or comfort
to Haiti? After all Haiti is a Christain country undeserving of
Islam’s beneficence. Even the Russians sent their sniffer dogs and
doctors. As far as Goldstone goes he should be barred from entering
Israel again.
This push by the Obama administration to have all countries surrender their nuclear arms aims straight at Israel’s only response to an Iranian attack or any attack from an Islamic power. I think it is unwise even for the US to disarm..the future may find us one of the
weaker powers in the world considering the astonishing birth rate of Islam and the Muslim birth rate in Europe and the inevitibility of nuclear arms in most Islamic countries………….HR

A.L. Bell says:

On the one hand: I’m extremely proud of the IDF response.

On the other hand: One of the IDF surgeons who set up the field hospital early on talked about having a short Friday night Shabbat serve with medical personnel from places like Quater and (I think) Egypt.

So, the reality is that were some relief workers from Arab were also in Haiti.

Really, what makes me even prouder of the IDF efforts to help Haiti are the efforts Israel made to help Bam, in Iran, when that city suffered a devastating earthquake a few years ago. Israeli relief workers apparently went in their without talking about being Israeli, because they wanted to help trapped and injured Iranians without politics getting in the way.

I’ve seen some articles asking, “Why don’t the Israelis do the same sort of thing for the people in Gaza?” I think the reality is that, if the Gazans would stop marching around with rifles and encouraging their children to be violent, Israelis would be making a serious effort to help the people in Gaza. If there were a terrible earthquake in Gaza, I’m sure the Israelis would do as much to save lives there as they’re now doing to save lives in Haiti, and that’s why I think that, in the long run, there’s hope for Israel and Palestinian, even though the picture now seems bleak.

C.E.Donnelly says:

In Northern Ireland, as happened for Israel, we had a legacy of British rule including: arbitrary sectarian borders, wars of independence/civil unrest and many years of unrest and incomplete peace negotiations.

What is amazing, none the less, is how from an individual and community level through to national level, that the sectarian divide can be overcome to perform charitable work / fundraise, work overseas on development projects, participate in global peace forums, and voluntarily join the UK military to fight in foreign wars for which the Irish have no selfish interest.

Perhaps our localized adversity and conflict makes us much more in tune with the personal suffering of others.

Ruth Gutmann says:

I really appreciate knowing about the Israeli response to the Haiti earthquake. While I am an assiduous listener to the news — mostly on NPR — not once did I hear Israel mentioned among the countries sending help. I was well aware that in the past Israel was among the countries that had the know-how and will to help countries like Iran and later Turkey, and I could not understand why they were not mentioned to be among the helpers in Haiti. Now I know: It would be so confusing for the general public whose ideas about Israel are pretty well fixed to hear something really good and philanthropic about Israel!

Shocking. Here in the US, probably 20% of the Haiti coverage was done following the ISraeli field hospitals, at least on CNN. I have a hard time imagining that the rest of the world is blind and brain dead enough to think that Israel did anything other than take one of the leading humanitarian roles in responding to this disaster.

However, in response to this whole “the Arabs did nothing” b.s., I would like to point out a few FACTS, as reported by Reuters in the days and weeks following the disaster:

A team from the UAE’s Red Crescent Authority (RCA) is expected to land in the neighbouring Dominican Republic on Tuesday, armed with $500,000 to buy food supplies for survivors. The charity has already dispatched relief items on two planes.

Some 50 tonnes of emergency supplies are also on track to arrive on February 19, funded by the UAE’s Khalifa Bin Zayed Charity Foundation.

Kuwait has donated an initial $1m to the relief efforts, to be delivered through the country’s Red Crescent Society (KRCS).

“We prepared 100 tonnes of relief items – which include food, medical supplies, tents, blankets and food items – and are waiting to assign a plane that will carry them,” Yousef Al Me’raj, head of KRCS’ disasters department, said.

Qatar has mobilised a 26-man rescue team comprising soldiers, police and medics, in addition to 50 tonnes of aid, and plans to donate emergency supplies in the coming days.

Saudi Arabia has committed $50 million dollars to the relief effort, to be moved through UN agencies.

The Middle East’s poorer, oil-less countries have been quick to join the region’s sweeping aid drive. In Jordan, a Royal Air Force plane carrying a mobile field hospital and six tonnes of food, medicine and clothing was dispatched to the quake zone on January 14. Lebanon has dispatched a plane loaded with 25 tonnes of tents and three tonnes of medicines, vaccines and other supplies, which is expected to arrive on Tuesday. And Morocco and Tunisia, both relatively poor countries, donated a million dollars each.

Iran’s Red Crescent society dispatched by plane about 30 tonnes of humanitarian aid – including food, tents and medicine – on 16 January. (Ok, Iran isn’t Arab, but you get what I mean.)

Please check VALID news sources and do not publish false information. Israel DID respond both in helping to rescue buried people as well with Transportable hospitals and medical personnel. There are enough falsehoods published by our enemies without your publication adding to it!

I am also proud of IDF response, but I thank Jamal for listing some of the Arab/Muslim response as well. What a shame it would be for us whose efforts are often ignored to not be able to recognize the efforts of others. Let us celebrate the good things we have in common with the Arab/Muslim world, not fight over who has more good stuff or who started doing good stuff first or other futile arguing. (Although there’s an case to be made that Jews and Arabs share a love for argument that is itself part of the engine of conflict.) We can do that celebrating without forgetting our complaints against each other. We don’t have to, but we can.

Pure propaganda campaign. How do we know for sure that they were there. And the CNN report was a joke. I mean what do you expect when Wolf Blitzer a former JPost employee has his own room where he deals with situations.
Besides I deal with medical software written in zion land. It’s crap.
Beside the IDF was just there to collect organs to sell. They have a history of doing that.

David Yehezkel says:

I am the David Yehezkel who wrote the letter about Israel’s Disproportionate Response.
I live in Israel and worked for 41 years in the Merchant Navy.
I now teach Marine English in the Nautical College.
I have written some more letters explaining Israel’s point of view a small but I hope effective step in helping rational people to see the light.
I dont hope to convince the Fundamentalistic Moslems or the Anti Semites but all others should also hear our side of the stories.

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