Israel is in the uncomfortable position of being criticized for giving aid to Haiti. It is a marvelous example of “Damned if we do and damned if we don’t.”
Enemies of Israel are claiming Israel’s aid is only a public relations ploy and, cynically, they find it amusing that Israel doesn’t provide the same humanitarian aid to Gazans. The difference, of course, is that Gazans kill or allow the killing of Israelis by Hamas. Haiti is not a sworn enemy.
Between January 15 and January 27, Israeli medical teams treated more than 1,110 patients, conducted 319 successful surgeries, delivered 16 births including three in Cesarian sections.
The delegation left 30 tons of medical equipment for use in the ongoing aid effort. This includes 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 will be distributed to tent-cities in different locations in Haiti, under the coordination of the Israeli ambassador in the country.
Who else is helping out? Here’s a rundown.
?The U.S. government is making an initial $100 million relief effort and is sending ships, helicopters, transport planes and 2,000 Marines.
? Canada is sending $5 million Canadian (US$4.8 million) and matching contributions by individual Canadians to eligible charitable organizations up to a total of $50 million Canadian (US$47 million). Ottawa also is sending two navy ships, helicopters, transport planes and a disaster response team.
? The World Bank is providing a $100 million grant, and the U.N. is sending $10 million.
? Britain is sending $10 million. A four-person government assessment team and 71 rescue specialists along with search dogs and heavy equipment arrived Thursday.
? Australia has pledged $9.3 million; Norway, about 30 million kroner ($5.3 million); Japan, up to $5 million; Italy, euro1 million ($1.46 million); and the European Commission, euro3 million ($4.37 million).
? The Netherlands and the Italian bishops’ conference have each donated euro2 million. Denmark has donated 10 million kroner ($1.9 million) and Finland is giving euro1.25 million ($1.8 million). South Korea has pledged aid worth $1 million.
? Irish telecommunications company Digicel said it would donate $5 million and help repair the phone network.
? Spain has pledged euro3 million ($4.37 million), and sent rescue teams and 100 tons of equipment. Germany gave euro1.5 million ($2.17 million) and sent an immediate response team.
? India and China will each donate $1 million and China is sending a 60-member relief team with sniffer dogs.
? Sweden has offered 6 million kronor ($850,000), along with tents, water purification equipment and medical aid. It is also sending a team to build a new base to replace the U.N.’s destroyed headquarters.
? Venezuela has sent doctors, firefighters and rescue workers. Mexico will send doctors, search-and-rescue dogs and infrastructure experts. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said 400 staff from the public security authority are being sent, as well a ship with two surgical operating units, 50 beds for injured and earth-moving equipment.
? Iceland and Portugal are each sending more than 30 rescue workers. Taiwan has sent 23 rescue workers and two tons of aid and equipment.
Afghanistan $100,000; Armenia $100,000; Australia $7.6 million
Azerbaijan $500,000; Bahamas $50,000; Bahrain $5 million
Bangladesh $1 million; Belgium Medical/logistics teams
Finland Search-and-rescue team; 3 logistics specialists
France Tents, tarps, MREs, water treatment supplies, cleaning equipment
Gabon $500,000; Georgia $50,000
Germany MREs, high speed pumps, forensic experts
Greece 2 cruise ships; India $5 million; Iraq $1,000,000 cash
Ireland $1,000,000 cash; Italy generators, water pumps/purifiers, tents
Japan $200,000 cash and $844,000 in relief supplies, $1.5 million in private donations; Kuwait $400 million in oil, $100 million cash
Maldives $25,000 cash; Mexico 1 helicopter, ambulance and medical teams.
Mongolia $50,000 cash; Nepal $25,000 cash
New Zealand $1.4 million cash, search and rescue teams
Nigeria $1 million cash; Norway $1.54 million in relief supplies
Qatar $100 million cashRepublic of Korea $30 million cash and in-kind donations; Saudi Arabia $5 million; Singapore 3 helicopters
Sri Lanka $25,000 cash; Taiwan $2 million cash, medical supplies
Thailand Forensic experts, blankets and food; UAE $100 million cash
All but the poorest of poor countries are helping out in this unprecedented disaster.