Sunday, January 02, 2005

Sri Lanka is NOT rejecting aid from Israel

In a blow to anti-Zionists everywhere, Sri Lanka is not putting the views of anti-Zionists above saving the lives of its own people.

I now have it on pretty good authority that Sri Lanka is indeed gratefully accepting Israeli help.

Now, why would the BBC and so many others misreport this story?

See below, a letter that was sent to synagogue Presidents across the US.

Dear Fellow presidents,

I have just seen a link sent to us all to a BBC story that Sri Lanka has
rejected help from Israel. Please be aware, my husband works for Magen David
Adom USA and that Sri Lanka (and the other countries) are indeed accepting
help from Israel. Israel is coordinating their efforts with the IRC to
ensure that the most effective help will arrive in a timely way. They have
already sent medical supplies and teams of doctors and others to help in
rescue efforts. Despite what you have read (and really folks, how often do
the papers, especially the BBC get it wrong!!) Israel is sending help and it
is very gratefully being accepted.

If possible, please let your congregations know that what they have read is
definitely incorrect.

Cynthia Palmer-Kenzer
Kehillat Shalomm (40)
Skokie, IL


At 7:03 PM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

By the way, USA is giving $350 million, not $30 million, in aid, and that's not counting often sizeable private donations. I think Bush is right in encouraging private donations, because that way, everyone gives whatever they want to directly without complaining about their taxes or about the size of the aid the government gives. From each according to his ability...

At 1:01 AM, Blogger Michael Brenner said...

The Ayn Rand Institute said the US Gov't should give nothing, because it's taxpayer money. Of course, the same philosophy dictate that we should not give any money to Israel either.

Encouraging private money is fine, and it appears that the donations are unprecendented for a natural disaster. Governments have the right to give private aid if they so desire, and I think it is in the best interests of the US to give, particularly because it is in our self-interest to keep this region of the world as stable as possible.

At 7:39 PM, Blogger Irina Tsukerman said...

Oh I'm not nearly as extreme as ARI, and I think we should give some aid, but only in the cases when we see that the countries are using that help in a progressive, rather than corrupt way. The Middle East pulled a tromp l'oel on us a number of times, so I'm concerned about us helping too many countries which don't deserve it.


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