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Friday, September 09, 2005

Hurricane Relief

What is happening in Mississippi and Louisiana is horrible. I have no other way of putting it. The destruction caused by hurricane Katrina is just amazing. I would really like to commend the police, fire and rescue people, as well as all people helping, who are still working hard there and really rose to the occasion. I'm not going to preach now about what the governments over there should have done or should now do. I also don't want to talk about all that destruction. I want to talk about what we are doing to help.

The people there need our help. Plain and simple. So please give what you can to the worth organization that are helping.

Thousands of people have been displaced form their houses and need places to stay:

Donate Housing :: Find Shelter

Money is also needed. The funds required to rebuild and relocate stretch into the billions. Please give your support to the United Way. You can also donate via PayPal.

While the red cross is also helping with relief I prefer not to support them as long as there are other ways to help. For years the ICRC (International committee of the Red Cross) has demonstrated anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic tendencies. Even in this day and age of tolerance the ICRC still refuses to the Israeli MDA (Magen David Adom- Red Star of David) full membership in the organization,even though it meets all the criteria for membership, on the grounds that MDA doesn't "use one of the approved symbols". These symbols are the Red Cross, Red Crescent, and Red Lion and Sun (formerly used by Iran) recognized at the 1948 Geneva Conventions. The ICRC's position is that other societies can only use the recognized symbols, the latter two were added because of religious considerations to the Muslims. The ICRC still refuses to add the Star of David as an approved symbol even though MDA has existed since 1930. The other symbols are clearly religiously connected and I see no reason not to add the Star of David and grant MDA full membership.

You can make the decision for yourself: Donate to the Red Cross


At 11:25 AM, September 09, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Court hears Del. blog case; Smyrna's Cahill claims libel on Web site postings
DOVER - The Delaware Supreme Court waded chest-deep Wednesday into an Internet free-speech case, seeking to strike a balance between one person's right to free speech against another's claims of libel.
Get to this internet home business website that pretty much covers internet home business related stuff.

You could by to check it out, when you get the time. They have good stuff!!

At 8:51 PM, September 09, 2005, Blogger Talli said...

wow, the point that 'anonymous' brought up is extremely lucid, understandable, well thought out, not to mention kind and thoughtful.

but to the katrina situation - I just cannot understand what it is like to be in that place, and I really hope I never will. I always wanted to visit new orleans (it features primarily in one of my fave books, interview with a vampire) and it is just dreadful how powerless we are against the forces of nature.

in other words I don't have a paypal account.

are you sure the website you're linking to is not hokey?

-see you

At 7:41 PM, September 10, 2005, Blogger Ben said...

I assume you mean Hurrican Housing. I saw the site on CNN and heard Sean Penn (a representative of the organization) speak about it so I believe it to be reputable.

At 11:40 PM, September 14, 2005, Blogger Aaron said...

hey bro,
somebody sent this to me today. It's about the red cross, and how israel is concidering changing the Magen David symbol to join them. check it out



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