Precinct 333

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Israel Offers Tsunami Aid -- Sri Lanka Says No

If you can pick and choose the donors, do you really deserve the help at all?
Israel has cancelled plans to send a 150-person rescue mission to Sri Lanka after the devastated island objected to the military composition of the team.

The delegation - including 60 soldiers - had been due to set off on Tuesday to help after Sunday's tsunami disaster.

Instead, a smaller team will escort a convoy carrying emergency supplies, Israeli officials said.

Apparently the Sri Lankan military had an objection, despite the fact that the Israeli team was coming to set up mobile hospital facilities, including pediatric and internal medicine facilities.

But that hasn't stopped other Israeli generosity.
Humanitarian organisation Latet sent a jumbo jet carrying 18 metric tons of supplies to Colombo, medical teams have been dispatched to Thailand and help offered to India, Haaretz reported.

A rescue-and-recovery team from the Jewish ultra-Orthodox organisation Zaka left for the region on Monday with equipment used for identifying bodies, as well as body bags.

Israel's foreign ministry has set up a situation room for relatives to track down hundreds of Israelis on holiday in the tsunami zone, who have not yet made contact.

And the world's Arab and Muslim nations have done what, precisely?


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