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Israel Is Sending Lots of Help to Nepal, Including Field Hospital and Rescue Team, but a Prominent Activist Is Slamming the Move

“Why would someone concerned about human rights criticize country's humanitarian efforts?! Crazy.”

Israeli emergency responders board one of two aircraft sent to Nepal to search for earthquake survivors and to set up a field hospital. (Image source: IDF Spokesperson's Office)

The head of Human Rights Watch used Israel's announcement that it is sending a team of emergency responders to Nepal to slam the Jewish state over its Gaza policy.

Israel, with a population of 8 million sent two jumbo jets carrying a 260-member emergency response team to set up a field hospital, mobile operating rooms and X-ray labs, as well as a military search and rescue team to look for survivors, as it did following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The tab will likely run in the millions. The U.S. government initially pledged $1 million in aid and a disaster response team. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday the U.S. is providing an additional $9 million for response and recovery efforts.

Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth has a history of making anti-Israel statements. Commenters pointed to the irony of a human rights activist criticizing Israel’s humanitarian aid to those suffering in Nepal.

Others accused Roth of ignoring the reason Israel controls the entrances to Gaza, to block Hamas from smuggling in weapons and construction materials used to build attack tunnels like those used to strike Israeli soldiers last summer.

Someone else pointed out that Israel regularly sends humanitarian aid to Gaza.

In February, Roth was criticized after tweeting that Jordan’s execution of jihadi prisoners in response to the Islamic State group’s burning alive of a Jordanian Air Force pilot would only “reinforce” the group’s “callousness toward human life,” a comment which appeared to gloss over the substantial human rights abuses already committed by the group.

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