You might recall that we mentioned Israel’s offer to send emergency aid personnel to help in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Well, the US rebuffed Israel’s kind offer, but Jews… you know how pushy they get! Turns out an Israeli NGO called IsraAID managed to sneak in an 18-member team of physicians, mental health professionals, trauma specialists, logistics experts and a special unit of Israeli police divers.
â€œWe had tools like Jack the Ripper,â€ said Gal Lusky, a diver who founded Israeli Flying Aid, a non-governmental organization that undertook the mission along with the IsraAID relief group. â€œWe had plenty of stuff and we had to justify it at immigration. When we were asked what is all that equipment, we said we were going to the Jewish community to teach youth groups how to prepare summer camps.â€
You can read more about this remarkable story at the JTA. Or maybe you want to read about how the United Jewish Communities Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund has raised $14 million so far (with $1 million to help evacuees in Houston), or read about the Chabad Telethon for the hurricane victims, or… or we could all just return to our usual self-righteous, condescending and alienating programming, brought to you by a
cacophany cacophony of self-aggrandizing self-important jerks in our own insular world. Heh.