Israel's double standards over Haiti | Seth Freedman | Opinion | The Guardian
Seth Freedman: The Israeli relief effort in Haiti is laudable, but it underlines the state's indifference to those suffering on its own doorstep. Israel worked to the last minute to win UN recognition in when the United Nations, approved Resolution for the creation of Israel, the. The contention is that Israel sent aid to Haiti on purely cynical motives, harnessing public relations to divert attention from the Goldstone Report.
His father, Ernst, was arrested on November 10, and held at Dachau until the end of December.MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS ISRAELI AID TO HAiTi (EARTHQUAKE)
He kept them in his shoes at night and would retrieve them first thing in the morning. At least one other family — the Meinbergs — specifically credit Fouchard for issuing the visas that saved their lives.
Then I went home again and things slowly developed, but I was alone and I had to do all that on my own. The family — Ernst, Auguste, five-year-old Ruth and three-year-old Bill spent 32 days on the high seas, traveling on the only company to include Port-au-Prince on its Caribbean route.
They quickly settled in to a Haitian routine. In the middle-class circle in which they found themselves, appearances were maintained even at what must have seemed like the end of the world. My friend and my neighbor, Madame Moise, the wife of the doctor, made Ruth a little dress so she could be a flower girl.
History of the Jews in Haiti
The dress was made out of one of the collars of my dresses. Serving as an emissary from the Port-au-Prince community, he went to plead its case for refugee aid before the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, seeking a subsistence stipend for the recently formed local branch of the organization founded to aid refugees.
Although he only spent one year of his life in the island nation, Bill Mohr has tried to contact other refugee Jews of Haiti to put together a more complete picture of the community that emerged there.
It happened again in Haiti. An earthquake struck leaving horrible devastation and death in its wake. Current estimates project more than 70, victims. In its aftermath, one result is an unfortunate possibility, the other a verifiable certainty. The first is a wry observation by Amos Oz following the recent earthquake in Iran: But what often escapes recognition is the other event that invariably follows a tragedy on the scale of a tsunami or an earthquake, be it anywhere on earth: Sure enough the Israeli newspapers reported the story: The Israeli Foreign Ministry on Wednesday prepared a rescue team for departure to the disaster-stricken country.
The rescue team includes elite army corps engineers and medical corps ready to deploy field hospital, the Israeli consulate in New York reported. To play devil's advocate for a moment, why wouldn't it be reasonable for Israel not to become involved with the justification that its own myriad problems deserve priority?
Why must Israel take on the problems of others when there are so many needs at home that require attention and funds? The answer for us must come from the Torah.
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And it is in the Torah, as our commentators point out, that God makes clear the standards by which He judges our attempts to seek spiritual perfection. Three Degrees of Care The man who achieved greatness more than any other was Moses. It was he who was given a call at the burning bush to lead the Jews out of Egypt and to bring them to Sinai to receive God's message to mankind.
What was it that God saw in him to make him worthy of this mission? There are only three short stories recorded in the Bible about Moses before we learn of his selection. They all share one powerful theme.
In each of them, Moses did not sit by passively in the presence of evil. He did not justify inaction with the claim that it was none of his business. He intervened and did whatever he could because he intuitively understood that all men are responsible one for another. The three stories are well known. In the first, Moses saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew to death and he killed him before the Egyptian could murder his innocent victim.
In the second story, Moses saw two Hebrews fighting with each other and he broke up the quarrel. In the third story, after he had fled to Midian, he was upset to see shepherds taking advantage of some Midianite maidens who had sought water for their flock and he again intervened to save the young girls from these bullies. The defining characteristic of greatness: These are the only three things the Torah sees fit to record about the life of the man divinely chosen for greatness.
In Jewish law a threefold repetition assures constancy of character.