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Israel Comes to the Rescue of Flood-hit Chad

September 17, 2020

by: Kate Norman

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The country of Chad is in northern Africa

Thursday, 17 September 2020 | After being hammered by severe flooding, the African nation of Chad sent a military plane to Israel to pick up tents and other much-needed necessities from an Israeli disaster relief organization on Wednesday.

Israeli Flying Aid [IFA] donated enough tents to house 12,000 Chadians whose homes were washed away in the floods, as well as medical equipment to help with the country’s fight against COVID-19 and equipment for pesticides to kill mosquitoes carrying malaria, IFA’s founder said.

This comes just over a week after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with visiting Chad Cabinet Chairman—and son of the president of Chad—Abdelkerim Déby to discuss the possibility of the African nation opening an embassy in Jerusalem. Déby also met with Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen.

After their meeting, the Intelligence Ministry released a statement saying, “At the request of Minister Cohen, General Déby responded positively to advancing the establishment of an official representative office of Chad in Jerusalem.”

Israel and Chad reopened ties last year, which had previously been terminated in 1972, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Israeli Flying Aid is a nonprofit organization that focuses on sending disaster relief and humanitarian aid to countries that do not have diplomatic relations with Israel, most notably sending hundreds of tons of supplies to war-torn Syria.

The organization was established in 2005, according to its website, in response to a UN statute that says humanitarian aid must be accepted into a country by the ruling regime and that all aid must go through the UN.

“In response to these hypocritical and unjust regulations, IFA separates the needs of victims from political affiliations and delivers life-saving aid where it is needed,” the organizations website said, “not necessarily where it’s ‘legal’ or ‘allowed’ by international law.”

“IFA team members represent the pulsating heart of Israel and believe in the sanctity of human life and dignity, as reflected in Jewish Halacha (religious laws),” the website continues, citing Isaiah 1:17 as its inspiration: “Learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow.”

Posted on September 17, 2020

Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 17, 2020)

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