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July 15, 2014 10:24 am

Israel’s Magen David Adom Offers to Collect Blood for Gazans

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Magen David Adom ambulance in Israel. Photo: wiki commons. Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) emergency services organization on July 15 offered to collect blood that would be sent to Gaza via the Palestinian Authority (PA).

MDA’s offer was presented to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which often acts as a conduit during such crises. In this instance, however, the PA informed the ICRC “that it has all the blood it needs to assist Palestinians in Gaza and no additional support is needed at this time,” a spokesman for American Friends of Magen David Adom, MDA’s U.S.-based fundraising affiliate, told

The spokesman clarified that MDA “would not be giving up its own blood reserves for Gazans, rather it would help collect new donations.”

“MDA acknowledges the possibility that Israelis wouldn’t be warm to the idea of giving up part of their national blood reserves to benefit Gaza, but as a humanitarian and apolitical organization, MDA is abiding by its mission of, at least, offering to help save lives. Thus, the offer to collect new donations,” said the spokesman.

MDA Director Eli Bin described Israel’s attempt to collect blood for Palestinians as “a humanitarian gesture.”

“I believe in it—this brings us respect as human beings,” he told Israel Hayom.

CORRECTION: This news brief, which initially carried the headline “Palestinians refuse Israeli humanitarian aid” on July 15, was updated on July 16. In response to the initial report, an American Friends of Magen David Adom spokesman said regarding Magen David Adom’s offer to collect blood for Gazans, “When presented with MDA’s offer by the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross), the PA did not say ‘no’ or reject it outright… Rather, the PA told the ICRC that it has all the blood it needs to assist Palestinians in Gaza and no additional support is needed at this time (shipments travel from the West Bank to Gaza through humanitarian corridors in Israel).”

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  • Wm. J. Levy

    Only Jews can do this.

    Give blood to your enemies.

    Nazi SS soldiers wounded on the battlefield chose to die rather than be given blood by medics because they were afraid the blood came from Jews.

    Let these people bleed to death instead of showing them compassion. They look at it as weakness as do all Arabs.

    Israel has the bomb, you know, the atomic bomb and are they afraid to lob rockets into Israel in fear of that?

    No,they know the Jews won’t ever use them so if Israel has one or two hundred it doesn’t make a difference. Israel may be destroyed and 7 million Jews may die but she won’t use the bomb to save them.

    So, the Arabs win.


    • Aziza Cloud

      Dir you bother to read the article? Magen David said that it offered to collect blood, including blood from Israeli Jews, whom Magen David said would be unlikely to donate blood. Then,, in another bid to make Nazi Israel seem helpful to its enemies, it offered to collect blood from Israeli Arabs . The government of Israel did not say that it would allow the donated blood, if sny, to be transported to Palestine . Clearly, the doctrine of Jewish superiority reflected in your assertion that
      “only Jews can do this. Give blood to your enemies” is no different from the National Socialist dogma of Aryan superiority. And you are not alone in your Neonazi beliefs: they are shared by a goodly percentage of the Knesset, in particular the Jewish Home Party ,and other mainstreamed yet undeniably racist Israeli political parties in the Knesset.

  • Az men vill nicht, darf men nicht (English translation:
    “don’t bother!”).

  • Carmen Quesada

    Well.. Arab cousins wouldn’t bother giving their blood

  • Simone Miller

    No life is sacred to that pond scum. The more that die, the better for the world. Keep refusing any aid from Israel.

  • Bart A, Charta

    The Arabs rejected donations of Jewish blood because someone evil spread a pernicious rumor. The rumor was that the Jews contaminated the blood with “smarts” ions that bind to red blood cells and steadily increase intelligence each time the blood recirculates through the body and passes into the brain.

  • aall55

    In this case I agree with the proud PA .

    • judorebbe

      It’s not about “pride”.
      It is about “evil”.
      The PA and Hamas would rather have a higher body count, and media coverage of that body count, than let the media see Israel helping to save Muslim lives.

  • Mark Zucker

    The leadership of the Palestinians would rather have more Palestinian deaths. They reject life-saving blood rather than allow MDA help wounded and dying Palestinian people. Like Hitler they insist on a cult of death and hatred and reject life and peace.

  • Tzipporah

    We are dealing with very proud and arrogant men who believe the Jews are descended from rats. They feel their blood is better than ours.

  • art

    Where is the NY Times covering this story or the guardian? Oh that’s right only the news that fits to hurt Israel..
    How many times have arabs blocked medical emergency wor from helping Jews injured by arabs, including at Taba when the egyptians block ambulances while Jews bleed to death

  • Ellen

    It is not surprising that Hamas rejects Israeli assistance in obtaining blood supplies. Hamas has proven that people are not important. The average Gazan is good for becoming a barrier and when that gets him killed he becomes a propaganda tool. Weeping and wailing family members make for excellent photo opportunities. Were Israeli blood to be provided this would totally contradict the image of big bad Israel. Hamas is having enough difficulty at this moment keeping its’ population complacent and obedient ( witness the people leaving Northern Gaza)

    But, it would have been interesting if blood drives had taken place among Israeli Arabs in Israel and in the “occupied” territories to see how many actually gave. Then again, it would have been interesting to see how many lefties would have given too.

  • carol

    So what does that tell you about whom we’re dealing with?