Rabbi Binyamin Edrey in Japan 520.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
While the situation at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima continues to be
uncertain, Israel on Saturday night sent a delegation consisting of 50 medical
staff and 18 tons of aid to earthquake and tsunami-battered
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“Israel is among the first countries to send medical aid,” the
government said in a press release. “Up until now, several countries have sent
search and rescue teams, but not medical teams.
“The Home Front’s medical
staff will set up in Kurihara in Miyagi prefecture, some six hours from Tokyo
where the tsunami hit hardest. The idea is to set up a field hospital to take
care of the wounded and the refugees concentrated in the region.”
Israeli delegation will deliver 10,000 coats, 6,000 blankets and thousands of
pairs of gloves to the hundreds of thousands of displaced residents of
northeastern Japan who have been afflicted by the disaster that struck two weeks
The proposed site of the Israeli delegation’s base at Kurihara is
about 120 kilometers north of the badly damaged nuclear power plant in
Fukushima, which continues to spew radioactive material with no end in
Over the weekend, radiation was found in Tokyo’s tap water above
the recommended limit for toddlers although still below those for adults,
causing a consumer rush on bottled water.
“Up on till now it has been
fine, just everyone is making an effort to be informed,” Efrat Edery, the wife
of Rabbi Binyamin Edery, who runs one of two Chabad houses in Tokyo, wrote in an
Edery, the mother of six, has chosen to stay in Japan with her
family during the nation’s time of need.
“Anyway we have been drinking
bottled water from the beginning, so it is ok. Yes, it is hard to get bottled
water but you need to work a little hard, make some calls, until we
The kids are drinking only bottled water, although some Tokyo
people are giving tap water to their older children as they say it is only
dangerous for babies, but better we don’t take chances.”