Videos of Israel’s Rescue Mission in Haiti:
Israelis Save Trapped Earthquake Victim (BBC News/YouTube)
A Day with the Israeli Search Team (Sky News-UK)
Israel’s Disproportionate Response – Peggy Shapiro (American Thinker)
Despite its small size, Israel sent a large contingent of highly-trained aid workers to Haiti.
Two jumbo jets carrying more than 220 doctors, nurses, civil engineers, and other Israeli army personnel, including a rescue team and field hospital, were among the first rescue teams to arrive.
Aid to Haiti: Arabs Opt Out – Tom Gross (Mideast Dispatch Archive)
A CBS/AP report lists countries providing aid to Haiti. Conspicuous by its absence is the entire Muslim world, including the rich oil-producing nations.
However, Arab countries do not discriminate against non-Muslim countries. Their help was missing after the earthquakes in Turkey and Iran and during war and famine in Muslim Africa too.
Israel: Sending Soldiers of Peace to Haiti – Batsheva Sobelman
When devastation struck Haiti, Israel quickly dispatched its professional military relief team including evacuation and recovery experts aided by dogs from the canine unit and an extensive medical delegation that quickly deployed its fully operational field hospital in the soccer field of Port-au-Prince – complete with surgeons and all, and a technical division that set up a communications and Internet network for coordination and video-conferencing with medical colleagues back home. The international press is also using the IDF network, as most other communications are down. The doctors’ main problem is fatigue; they’re working around the clock. (Los Angeles Times)
Israeli Field Hospital Only Facility Able to Perform Complex Surgery – Yitzhak Benhorin
On Monday, U.S. media praised the assistance in Haiti provided by Israel, and one reporter even sent a letter of thanks to Israeli representatives in New York. CNN reported that Israel’s field hospital is the one facility equipped with all that is required for surgical operations. Doctors from various aid missions are sending patients requiring surgery to Israel’s hospital, particularly those whose condition is critical. Other field hospitals contain no more than stretcher beds and medical teams who administer first aid, and they are not prepared for complex surgery. ABC reported that the U.S. had sent staff for a field hospital, but they had still not received the instruments required for surgery. (Ynet News)
IDF Sends More Hospital Staff and Medicine to Haiti – Yaakov Katz and Judy Siegel
A second IDF delegation left Israel on Monday to assist the ongoing relief efforts in Haiti. Since opening on Saturday, the IDF Medical Corps field hospital has treated 200 wounded, performed 25 life-saving surgeries and facilitated three births. (Jerusalem Post)
Israel Crews Rescue University Student from Haiti Rubble
An Israeli team on Monday rescued a woman who has been trapped for six days under the wreckage of Port-au-Prince’s university in Haiti, Channel 10 reported. The international teams asked the Israeli team for aid with pulling out a female student trap ped in the wreckage. The Israeli team used special equipment to begin lifting parts of the rubble and carefully but quickly managed to create an opening, preventing the whole structure from collapsing. The team was able to see the woman through the opening and successfully rescue her. She was transferred to the IDF field hospital for further treatment. (Ha’aretz)
Israeli Aid to Haiti (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)