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ZAKA becomes first Israeli humanitarian aid organization to collaborate with UAE

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Representatives from ZAKA Search and Rescue and members of DIHAD “signed a Memorandum of Understanding that supports future collaborations between the two in the humanitarian field in international crises and disasters

By ILANIT CHERNICK

In a historic first for Israel and the UAE, ZAKA Search and Rescue has become the first Israeli humanitarian organization to sign a collaboration agreement with their counterparts in Dubai.

This week, a historic ceremony was held at the Dubai International Humanitarian Aid and Development (DIHAD) Conference and Exhibition headquarters in the United Arab Emirates.

According to a statement released by the organizations, during the meeting, representatives from ZAKA Search and Rescue and members of DIHAD “signed a Memorandum of Understanding that supports future collaborations between the two in the humanitarian field in international crises and disasters, and to provide the necessary support to those affected, regardless of color, race, gender, religion or political opinions.” 

“The two parties also announced that ZAKA was accepted as an active participant in DIHAD 2021,” which is the leading humanitarian aid and development event in the Middle East.

For ZAKA’s chairman, Yehuda Meshi Zahav this opportunity is “a great privilege,” adding that the organization is grateful “to be the first Israeli humanitarian organization to sign an agreement of cooperation with DIHAD” following the implementation of the Abraham Accords. 

“There is no greater expression of peace than volunteer units partnering for mutual humanitarian aid and assistance, as well as professional training in search, rescue and recovery,” Meshi Zahav said.

Executive chairman of DIHAD and the International Advisory Council- DISAB, Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani thanked ZAKA for signing the Memorandum of Understanding.

“I would like to also deeply thank Mr. Yehuda Meshi Zahav, Chairman of ZAKA Search and Rescue and Mr. Mati Goldstein, Head of Magen and the ZAKA International Rescue Unit, for their trust in DIHAD and its sustainable projects that support the service of humanity,” Al Madani said.

“We are confident that ZAKA’s participation in DIHAD will be of great benefit due to their immense efforts and expertise in the field of humanitarian work and the training of specialized cadres in situations of disaster,” he added. 

Al Madani stressed that he was proud that ZAKA has joined “the DIHAD Conference and Exhibition as the first institution participating in this humanitarian event from the State of Israel.”

Commenting on this momentous occasion, Goldstein said that “after several meetings,” between the organizations, “I am very happy about the professional relationship that has been created, which will certainly benefit everyone involved, considering the professional and operational experience of both ZAKA and DIHAD.”

“This new collaboration once again positions ZAKA as a leading entity in the international humanitarian field and DIHAD is definitely a large and serious partner,” he concluded.

*Featured Image: Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Executive Chairman of DIHAD Conference and Exhibition and the International Advisory Council- DISAB and Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, ZAKA Chairman. (Photo Credit: Courtesy/ZAKA)

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