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At press time, the covid infection was being detected at a rate of 400,000 new cases a day, overwhelming the capacity of health units. (Photo: unicef.ca)

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“IsraAID, Israel’s leading non-governmental humanitarian aid agency, will provide urgent support to Indian hospitals and healthcare workers as the country faces an unprecedented and devastating wave of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths,” the organization stated in a recent press release. “In the coming days, IsraAID will dispatch medical equipment and supplies, including crucial oxygen concentrators, to Indian healthcare facilities and organizations.”    

According to the report, “IsraAID will also explore technological solutions to meet gaps in COVID-19 response and care, including data management, logistical support, vaccinations, and more. The organization will also respond to the devastating secondary effects of the pandemic, including a growing mental health crisis, launching self-care programs for frontline health workers to build community resilience and “help the helpers”.”

Yotam Polizer, IsraAID’s CEO, said: “The scale of the crisis currently unfolding in India is simply overwhelming. As a humanitarian organization that has responded to COVID-19 in 17 countries up-to-now, we felt we could not just stand by. We have ongoing partnerships on-the-ground in India and we look forward to working side-by-side with Indian organizations to both respond to this emergency and prepare for the future. With life in Israel returning to a pre-pandemic “normal”, it is crucial to remember our shared responsibility to partner with communities facing the worst of it. The pandemic will not be over for anybody until it is over for everybody.

Shipan Kumer Basu, the President of the World Hindu Struggle Committee, thanked the State of Israel for helping India: “I am grateful to the Prime Minister of Israel for standing by India.  I believe that such cooperation is possible because of the common values shared by both the State of Israel and India.  Our bond with the Jewish nation is an eternal one.” 

Dr. Alexsander Shapiro-Suliman, General Secretary of the International People’s Alliance of the World, stressed: “We will work together to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic in India. We are extremely happy and grateful for the generosity of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Prasanna Kumar Roy, a prominent businessman from West Bengal and chief financial adviser to the World Hindu Struggle Committee, thanked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for standing by India during the Covid-19 pandemic. He hopes that Israel’s cooperation with India will continue in the coming days. Roy added that the Covid-19 pandemic has shown how much we need oxygen, ICU and Ventilators in the medical system.

He stressed that it is very important to ensure that every hospital is supplied with enough oxygen in every state in India and he hopes Israel can help India with that.

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One of the reasons Israel is able to assist India in this manner is the successful suppression of the spread of covid in Israel and the rapid advancement of scientific developments. This week the number of seriously ill victims fell below 100 for the first time since July.

It was announced that the vaccination success would allow for the Health Ministry to extend the Green Pass, which provides those who have taken their shots a greater access to the public square. Combined with a decline in the morbidity rate, a statement asserted “it appears the vaccine will protect us until at least the end of the year.”

While urging Israelis to still observe precautions such as maintaining a safe distance and wearing masks while whole indoors, the intention of the ministry is to ensure the routine daily order of life returns. In the meantime, Israelis are still barred until May 16 from visiting seven countries under affliction –  Ukraine, Ethiopia, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, India and Turkey.

Beginning on Thursday, sports events attended by Green Pass holders will not have a reduced capacity limit.  Unvaccinated children at indoor cultural events will be allowed to gather up to 50 attendees with outdoor events allowed 500. N12 reported that the Israeli Ministry of Health is preparing to commence vaccinating 12- to 15-year-olds. A so-called “Purple Pass” will regulate attendance at gym and public swimming pools, and will allow unvaccinated people to attend but with the requirement they maintain social distancing.

(With files from TheJ.ca staff)

Rachel Avraham is a political analyst working at the Safadi Center for International Diplomacy, Research, Public Relations and Human Rights.  She is the author of “Women and Jihad: Debating Palestinian Female Suicide Bombings at the American, Israeli and Arab Media.”  

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