Is­raeli re­lief team helps flood vic­tims in Scot­land

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

THE IS­RAELI disas­ter re­lief team that flew to Eng­land last week to help flood vic­tims in York­shire has now moved on to Scot­land .

Five vol­un­teers from the Is­raAid agency were help­ing re­pair homes and dis­tribut­ing blan­kets and food in the Leeds area.

Theythen­head­ed­northof the­bor­der af­ter a mem­ber of the Jewish com­mu­nity in Aberdeen asked them for help.

Parts of the city in north-east Scot­land have been badly af­fected by storm-force winds and heavy rain­fall, with rivers burst­ing their banks and homes and busi­nesses in­un­dated.

Debby Tay­lor of the Aberdeen He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion said she was “amazed by the work the Is­raelis were do­ing in Leeds”.

She said: “Th­ese are peo­ple who re­spond to global dis­as­ters, they help Syr­i­ans, and they are elite hu­man­i­tar­i­ans. They know what they are do­ing and have all that ex­pe­ri­ence to of­fer. I thought it was amaz­ing.”

The aid work­ers trav­elled up to Scot­land at the be­gin­ning of the week.

Team leader Miki Noam Alon, 32, said: “We have just got here and are talk­ing to lo­cal agen­cies and au­thor­i­ties about where we can help.

“We are try­ing to help peo­ple with­out in­sur­ance first with clear­ing de­bris and pro­vid­ing an­other pair of hands.”

Mr Alon said the re­ac­tion his team has re­ceived from peo­ple in the UK was “very warm”.

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