Is­raeli min­istry ad­vanc­ing $1 mil­lion in aid for Hous­ton af­ter Hur­ri­cane Har­vey

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( Is­rael’s Di­as­pora Af­fairs Min­istry an­nounced Mon­day that it is “ad­vanc­ing a plan” for $1 mil­lion in emer­gency aid for Hous­ton’s Jewish com­mu­nity fol­low­ing the dam­age in­flicted by Hur­ri­cane Har­vey.

“The city of Hous­ton was hurt badly last week, and the Jewish com­mu­nity, 70 per­cent of which lived in the flooded neigh­bor­hoods, was hit hard,” said Di­as­pora Af­fairs Min­is­ter Naf­tali Ben­nett said. “From talks we’ve had over the past week with the heads of the com­mu­nity and Is­rael’s con­sul gen­eral, we learned the dam­age is vast, and the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion will take years. For years the Jewish com­mu­ni­ties stood by Is­rael when it needed their help; now it is our turn to stand by Hous­ton’s Jewish com­mu­nity.”

The forth­com­ing aid will be trans­ferred through the lo­cal Is­raeli Con­sulate in Hous­ton and will “be used to help re­pair and re­store the com­mu­nal in­fra­struc­ture (schools, syn­a­gogues and JCC) which are not funded or sup­ported by the state [of Texas],” ac­cord­ing to the Di­as­pora Af­fairs Min­istry.

“The Jewish state is mea­sured by its re­sponse when our broth­ers around the world are in cri­sis,” said Ben­nett.

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