As Israel fights to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Jewish state has announced they will be delivering 5,000 N95 medial masks to neighboring country, the Kingdom of Jordan. According to the report, the masks were requested by the Jordanian government. This gesture of neighborly love is nothing new for Israel however it is something that is rarely reported on.
Jerusalem Post’s Editor-in-Chief, Yaakov Katz, is reporting that the Israel Defense Forces will oversee the transfer of 5,000 N95 medical masks to Jordan. This is a truly remarkable and selfless gesture by the Israeli government after recently issuing a mandatory stay at home order for the entire nation this week.
For decades, Israel has always reached out her hand to help countries during their time of need with humanitarian assistance. For example, when the Brazilian Rain Forest was burning to the ground, it was Israel that immediately deployed a delegation, comprised of experts in the fields of rescue, intelligence, and forest fires to support Brazil.
Another example of Israel’s humanitarian efforts can be seen during the catastrophic earthquake that hit the island of Haiti in 2010. Israel sent a team of 236 personnel. During its stay in Haiti, the medical delegation treated more than 1,110 patients, conducted 319 successful surgeries, delivered 16 babies including three in Cesarean sections. The IDF team also assisted in the rescue of 4 individuals from the rubble. The delegation left 30 tons of medical equipment for use in the ongoing aid effort. This included bandaging gear, surgery equipment, two incubators, and other medical accessories as well as 1150 blankets, 30 large-sized tents, 500 mattresses, 200 sleeping bags and kitchen equipment. The equipment was distributed to tent-cities in different locations in Haiti.
For many years, Israel has not only provided humanitarian aid but the Israeli government has also helped countless countries by sharing Israeli technology related to medical, agriculture and educational programs. While Israel struggles for their own survival during this pandemic, they continue to show the world once again that spirit of Tikun Olam is ever present.