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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Jewish Agency gets $2 million in emergency aid for Sderot

The generosity of North American Jews is touching and it is symbolic of their bond to Israel. Unfortunately it will take more than a week of summer camp to bring security to Sderot residents. Even more unfortunately, the Israeli government is not ashamed to accept charity in order to do for the residents of Sderot what a responsible government should have done a long time ago. As long as there is danger, the children must be evacuated like the children of London during the blitz. Not for a week, but for many months perhaps. And of course, it cannot be the ultimate solution.
Jewish Agency receives $2 million for emergency aid to Sderot residents

United Jewish Communities, UIA Canada and Keren Hayesod to fund camp for 8,000 children from Sderot area

The Jewish Agency has received $2 million in emergency funding from the United Jewish Communities, UIA Canada and Keren Hayesod to bring all 8,000 children living in Sderot and the surrounding area to a week-long camp in the safety of center of the country. Jewish Agency Chairman Zeev Bielski made the announcement of the emergency assistance during a tour of Sderot on Friday. (May 18).

When Sderot came under attack earlier in the week, the Jewish Agency began providing residents with emergency assistance. On Wednesday, the Jewish Agency brought a group of 250 children and teens to attend the Israel soccer cup final in Tel Aviv. Thursday the Jewish Agency brought a truckload of essential shelter supplies, including electric appliances, emergency lighting, and cleaning materials to Sderot residents. Today, the Jewish Agency will bring 150 youth from the area for a weekend in Jerusalem; the  children and teens will stay at Jerusalem youth hostels and will visit tourist and amusement attractions.

The Jewish Agency has also made available $20,000 from its Victims of Terror Fund for immediate assistance to those who have been injured in the Kassam rocket attacks. Also, it will provide financial assistance to businesses damaged in the attacks.

"Just as we did in the North during the war in Lebanon last summer, the Jewish Agency and our partners the UJC, UIA Canada and Keren Hayesod, are here to help the residents of Sderot and surrounding area who are under attack and living under impossible conditions," said Jewish Agency Chairman Zeev Bielski on a tour of Sderot on Friday to oversee Jewish Agency assistance to the area.

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michael jankelowitz
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jewish agency for israel

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