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Israelis open their homes to shelter evacuees from wildfires

AJN-«I do not know what will happen next week with my house, but for now I had somewhere to turn to.»

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The wildfires around Isael rage on the fourth day, hundreds of Israelis living in unaffected areas open their hearts and homes to take in evacuees fleeing the wildfires currently burning across central and northern Israel. According to Channel 10 News, more than a quarter of Haifa’s population had to be evacuated. However since the evacuations began, individuals, municipal and regional councils, political parties and high-tech companies around Israel began organizing efforts aimed at those who had to leave their homes.

«When I called the Municipality of Haifa to volunteer my network of establishments, I was told to ‘get in line’ because more than 700 people have already called them before I was offered to host Haifa’s fleeing residents,» Ronen, a resident of Moshav Keshet who coordinates a network of businesses willing to host evacuees, told The Jerusalem Post.

«I own a tourism company, but I’m not going to mention its name since I am not doing this for publicity. This means that I have connections with a lot of guest houses, hotels and BnB’s. «As soon as I heard about the catastrophe I made calls and organized dozens of rooms for evacuees, as well as hosting myself.»

Several national organizations, like the Kibbutz Movement, the Zionist Union party, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), and several youth movements, created services, call centers, and command rooms that enable evacuees to find a host. The Islamic Movement in Israel set up an emergency center in Kfar Kassem, offering to help all in need whether Muslim, Christian or Jewish.

«The State of Israel revealed its beautiful face these past days, people all over the country are still calling me and asking host Evacuees, it’s just heartwarming,» Ronen said.

Yaron Rosenthal, director of the SPNI’s Field School in Kfar Ezion, opened the field school’s guest rooms to anyone in need of a longer term solution as well. «People are in trouble, some even lost their homes and have nowhere to go, this is the very least we can do to help them,» Rosenthal told the Post.

In Haifa alone, more than 600 housing units were destroyed and more than 75,000 people evacuated, many of whom are still unable to return to firefighting efforts continue.

But it was not only Israeli organizations, individuals and institutions who chipped in for the national relief efforts. The International online homesharing giant Airbnb has set up an emergency service to help match people wishing to share their apartments.

Currently there are 200 users listed on Airbnb who have volunteered to accommodate evacuees free of charge. Airbnb waived all service fees for matchups, but will still protect users and compensate them under their insurance policy if need be. At this point this service will remain open until December 3.

«Our thoughts are with those affected by these wildfires, and we thank the firefighters and emergency personnel who are working around the clock to contain the blaze. We are hopeful that the Airbnb community will help to ease the strain on emergency housing and ensure that its neighbors have a safe place to stay during this difficult time, «Imri Galai, the Israel Market Manager for Airbnb, told the Post.

Airbnb has opened this service, the Disaster Response Tool in the Christchurch New Zealand earthquake and the North Carolina wildfires as well.

«I am overwhelmed by the immense and immediate response all over the country and willingness to help us,» David Bitton, a Haifa resident who found refuge in a stranger’s home in Jerusalem, told the Post. «I just saw a shared Facebook post by someone I do not even know and called the man, now I have a roof over my head. I do not know what will happen next week with my house, but for now I have somewhere to turn to.

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Jewish communities congratulates the President elect of Argentina Alberto Fernandez

AJN Agency.- The principal jewish communities congratulated Fernandez after his victory in the national elections as he got elected President.

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AJN Agency.- The Delegation of Argentinian Israelis Asociations (DAIA) congratulates the President elect Alberto Fernández for the winning in the national elections of the last sunday.

DAIA’s President wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights.

“We congratulate the President elect, Dr. Alberto Fernández. Is our wish to work together in the fight against antisemitism, every time of discrimination and xenophobie in defense of human rights”, said Jorge Knoblovits in representation of the jewish community of Argentina.

Knoblovits talk with the AJN News Agency and insist on his greets to Fernández and said he hope to: «have success in his work for Argentina».

The President of AMIA (Mutual Association Israeli Argentina), Ariel Eichbaum, felicitate this tuesday the elected President Alberto Fernández for the success in the national elections while he transmited his with of «every sector» accompany the transition process.

Talking with AJN News Agency, Eichbaum transmited the predisposition of AMIA for ‘cooperating’ with programs that facilitate a «bigest social inclusion».

“From AMIA we want to congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández for the results in the election of the last sunday, in which argentian society could, in peace, expres their will and compromise with democracy and respect for the institutions”, said Eichbaum.

The Israeli Embassy in Argentina congratulate the President elect Alberto Fernández por the winning in the national elections that took place on sunday.

The Embassy published on Twitter: “We congratulate the President elect @alferdez and all the argentinian people for this new celebration of democracy”.

Also the Embassy added: “We will keep working together honoring the friendship between the people of Israel and Argentina”.

The ambassador Galit Ronen also greets the candidate of «Frente de Todos», Alberto Fernández, who win the elections in the first round with over the 48 per cent of the vots, beating the still President Mauricio Macri, who seeked reelection.

“It’s always important to celebrate the democracy. ¡Congratulation to @alferdez and all the Argentinian people!”, said Ronen on Twitter.

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Argentinian President Macri visited the historical synagogue of Basavilbaso

AJN Agency.- Only a few days away of Rosh Hashana and with Iom Kipur coming soon, Mauricio Macri, President of Argentina participate of the meeting at the synagogue Tefila L’Moisés at Basavilbaso, Province of Entre Ríos.

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AJN Agency.- The argentinian President, Mauricio Macri, assisted to the Synagogue Tefila L’ Moisés de Basavilbaso, one of the olders of Argentina, making himself the first argentinian president in visit that synagogue.

Macri send his best wishes for the jewish new year celebration and added: «I want to thank you for reciving me here, in your home. For us it has been very important this years working with the community».

Claudio Avruj, secretary of Human Rights of Argentina discribed that the visit of Macri «Represents with out dudes a huge tribute to the jewish inmigration in the historic colonies of Entre Ríos and a deep recognition to the permanent support to the development of the local communities».

At meeting were present the Rabbi Sergio Bergman, secretary of goverment in Environment and Sustainable Development, and the Minister of Interior, Public Works and Housing of Argentina, Rogelio Frigerio, among others.

In a letter written by Avruj, he assured his pride for the president and remarked the pluralism and respect of Macri.

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