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Reform Jewish Leader Hails Inclusion of Magen David Adom in International Red Cross

Saperstein: Israelis have long shared their talent and expertise in times of hardship – aiding victims of war and natural disaster around the globe - and yesterday’s vote by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent is a reflection of Israel’s vital role in the international community. 

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Washington DC, June 23, 2006 – In response to the vote by members of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent to include Magen David Adom as a full member of the humanitarian aid organization, Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

Yesterday’s vote to include Israel’s Magen David Adom as a full member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is an overdue and welcome recognition of Israel’s contribution to the global community.  By supporting the creation of a new diamond symbol, within which the Star of David will be incorporated, an overwhelming 237 votes were cast to overcome nearly 60 years of intransigence on this issue.

Israelis have long shared their talent and expertise in times of hardship – aiding victims of war and natural disaster around the globe - and yesterday’s vote by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent is a reflection of Israel’s vital role in the international community.  We also note with appreciation the efforts of the American Red Cross to ensure Israel’s full acceptance within the international organization.  Although we pray for a world in which relief organizations will no longer be needed, we are heartened knowing that the symbol of Magen David Adom will be welcomed around the globe.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1800 Reform rabbis.



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