Tuesday, June 27, 2006

MDA inclusion to International Red Cross

From JPost, Jun. 26, 2006 18:4, by GAL BECKERMAN, NEW YORK ...

At a celebratory, early morning breakfast yesterday on Manhattan's Upper East Side, American supporters of Magen David Adom, including New York Senator Hilary Rodham Clinton, celebrated the organization's inclusion into the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Clinton ... emphasized that Magen David Adom's inclusion was a "great day for all of us who choose life over death."

Local politicians and leaders from the Jewish organizational world expressed relief that Magen David Adom had finally been voted into the international organization. They pointed out that even at the last minute, during two tumultuous days of negotiation at the Red Cross's 29th international conference in Geneva, Arab groups resisted the move and nearly prevented the vote from taking place. But on June 22nd, both Magen David Adom and the Palestinian Red Crescent were admitted as full voting members, now eligible for funds from the international body.....

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