Israel - A Positive View

It is hard not to feel despondent about Israel’s security – a tiny country in a sea of uncertainty to which we Jews are deeply and emotionally attached. Yet there is much that Israel has given to society – scientific and technological inventions, expertise in many different fields, and humanitarian aid to people around the world. We should be proud of these achievements and try to focus our attention on the Israel that exists beyond the Middle East conflict.

 

The Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid (IsraAID), of which B’nai B’rith is a founding member, is an Israeli-based humanitarian organisation that responds to emergencies all over the world. It was founded in 2001 with the purpose of bringing together Israeli and Jewish aid organisations with expertise in the fields required for dealing with disasters. Responding to the earthquake in Haiti, aid workers were first on the scene with a search and rescue team and had a fully operational field hospital in place within days. However, it is not only the immediate response that matters; it is the rebuilding of devastated lives and communities afterwards. As well as providing aid packages and medical assistance, IsraAID is equipped to help in rebuilding communities and schools, to provide micro-financing to rebuild businesses, to help with water and sanitisation and post trauma care.

Let us therefore focus on how Israel and Israelis are having an impact on individual lives through their efforts in health, technology, culture, and democracy.

By highlighting and promoting positive images of Israel, people will come to view Israelis as more like themselves and understand the relevance of Israel to their own lives.

Jean Etherton
EDRS Israel Group

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