holocaust hand 311.
(photo credit: courtesy)
Volunteers from the Association for Immediate Help for Holocaust Survivors say
their organization has been devastated by a violent robbery that took place in
Around NIS 100,000 worth of equipment and food meant to assist
survivors was stolen, they said.
“Five hundred tuna cans, 200 boxes of
salmon, expensive equipment to repair the homes of survivors, such as drills
costing NIS 4,000 each, medical equipment – all of these were taken,” the
association’s CEO Tamara More told The Jerusalem Post
in his 20s broke into two storage facilities at the association’s building in
Ma’as, near Petah Tikva, in broad daylight.
“At 11 a.m., one of our
volunteers heard a noise from the storage area. He was sure it was another
volunteer taking equipment. He went outside to see if he could help. As he
approached the storage shed, he saw a broken door and spotted an individual
leaning over items. He asked, ‘who are you?’ The individual turned around and
threw a long metal pole at him with full force,” More said.
volunteer was injured in the face. The thief then ran to a waiting van and
shouted in Arabic to the driver, ‘go, go!’” More added. “We had a guard dog
outside, but it didn’t help.”
Food and equipment were taken. All of the
equipment was used to improve the lives of Holocaust survivors, More said. “We
use branch saws to clear a path to the homes of the elderly survivors, and
drills to repair their homes.
“This is a disaster. We don’t know how to
recover from this. We’re all volunteers. No one here has time to deal with
donations,” she said.
The center helps around 3,000 Holocaust survivors
around the country, with food, medical equipment, transport to doctors,
shopping, and psychological and legal services, she said.
“One of the
storage sheds itself was stolen,” More added.
The Association for the
Immediate Assistance for Holocaust survivors can be reached at (03) 525-7888 or