It is a terrible tragedy and our hearts fo out to the Nepalese. These are a poor people, a beautiful people. It is a long time since I read my first book about Tenzing Norgay and it was not about the ascent of Everest with Hillary either. It was about a previous much more romantic attempt without oxygen and they nearly made it. Hardly any planning. Just went for it. Have lost that book but it was a duo effort just the two guys taking on the mountain.
Sincé then much wáter has flowed under the bridge. I now am quite thrilled by the sympathy and the effort to help the Nepalese carried out by Israel. The statistics of their effort are amazing. I will deal with these but I note most strongly that this has nothing to do with Israel wanting to be liked. I refute that totally. As an Irishman I refute that totally. It comes instead out of the Jewish sould and charácter. If it can be explained it is religious with a strong element of humanitarianism. Compare that Outlook with the Outlook of Islam and their actions in our world of slitting the throats of the poorest of humans on a Libyan beach, or abducting poor defenseless Nigerian girls and you begin to understand.
Bu the way since I AM a hard headed political person and I understand (seeing it every day) the lies against Jews and the hatred against Israel then I want to let every person in the world know how Israel came to the aid of the Nepalese. That is not a plea. That is not weakness. That is part of my struggle against Antisemtiism.
Where’s the Coverage? Israel Sends More Manpower tHAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY
Israeli soldiers set up a field hospital together with the Nepalese army in Nepal following the deadly earthquake on April 29, 2015. (IDF Spokesperson)
Israel frequently sends aid teams to countries hit by natural disasters such as post-earthquake Haiti and tsunami-stricken Japan. Nepal is no different. The Times of Israelreports:
Israel’s aid team to the earthquake-battered Himalayan nation of Nepal is the largest in manpower of any international aid mission.Over 250 doctors and rescue personnel were part of an IDF delegation that landed Tuesday in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, in the wake of Saturday’s magnitude-7.8 earthquake that devastated large swaths of the mountainous country, killing at least 5,000 and leaving some 8,000 wounded and tens of thousands seeking shelter and food.
The Israeli group set up a field hospital with 60 beds that began operations on Wednesday in coordination with the local army hospital.
By comparison, according to the BBC, the United Kingdom has sent “a team of more than 60 search and rescue responders and medical experts” and Time magazine reports that the United States is sending “about 70 American personnel”. Remember, Israel has a population of approximately 8 million. The United States is a nation of roughly 350 million. In that context, the magnitude of Israel’s efforts is even more staggering.
But instead of lauding Israel’s extraordinary response to Nepal’s distress, the mainstream media seeks to cast Israel in a bad light, highlighting of all things the fact that a number of Israeli couples employ Nepalese women as surrogate mothers to carry their children. A Time magazine headline states that “Israel Evacuates Surrogate Babies From Nepal but Leaves the Mothers Behind” although, if a reader managed to make it to the sixth paragraph of the article, he would read that, of the women in Nepal still carrying Israeli babies:
The Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein said he would allow the most heavily pregnant to be flown to Israel to give birth and outgoing Interior Minister Gilad Erdan promised to remove immigration hurdles for the rest.
Newsweek also chose to highlight the surrogacy issue with its article, “Israel Evacuating Babies Born to Surrogate Mothers in Nepal” as did UPI with “Israel evacuates surrogate babies and their Israeli parents but left behind expectant mothers”.
And here’s something else interesting that the media chooses to completely ignore: the commander of Israel’s field hospital in Nepal is a Druze, IDF Colonel Dr. Tarif Bader.
To keep abreast of Israel’s aid efforts in Nepal, follow Libby Weiss, the Head of the IDF Spokesperson’s North American Media Desk, on Twitter. You certainly won’t hear about it from the popular press because… Where’s the coverage?