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An Israeli officer in honored in a Ceremony in Mexico.(Photo by: COURTESY OF KKL MEXICO)
KKL Mexico honors IDF search and rescue forces
By KKL-JNF
10/01/2017
KKL Mexico holds a ceremony honoring homeward-bound IDF soldiers sent by Israel to assist in rescue operations in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Mexico.
KKL Mexico could not let the Israeli hayalim (soldiers), who brought so much light in such difficult times, return home without honoring them and sharing its profound gratitude for their hard work and professionalism, in a warm and moving ceremony on their behalf.

"We are so proud of our hayalim; not only did they perform their job outstandingly, but they also earned the respect and love of those working around them. They always took their task seriously, but with a smile on their faces and their heart in hand", explained Patty Katz, President of KKL Mexico.

The IDF team arrived on Thursday 21st of September. They camped out at the Jewish Sport Center (Centro Deportivo Israelita) and embarked right away on their outstanding rescue mission. The IDF forces worked ethically and professionally; working closely with the local authorities who were leading the rescuing efforts.

The positive impact of the IDF volunteers within Mexican society was outstanding; the high-tech equipment they brought with them facilitated their search and rescue work, which was picked up by Mexican media. The general population was deeply moved by the IDF soldiers’ efforts to reach each and every location where relief efforts were needed. According to the most recent numbers given by the Government of Mexico City, so far there have been a total of 69 people rescued alive from the rubble, and of these, 37 remain hospitalized, 14 of them in serious condition. The earthquake has caused 180 deaths so far, of which 119 are women and 61 men; 28 victims are underage. The Jewish community in Mexico was also affected in many ways.

One of the central buildings of our community, located in the Roma Colony on Acapulco St. No. 70 (belonging to the Ashkenazi Community of Mexico) - a six floor building with mainly offices of different community institutions - was affected by the earthquake, fortunately there were no injured persons and the damage appears structural.

Read more about the IDF volunteers’ work in Mexico and see photos


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