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World Jewish Congress Awards Israeli 'Heroes of Haiti'

The World Jewish Congress awarded "Zaka" Heroes of Haiti” for their rescue efforts after a disastrous earthquake struck the country last January.
By IsraelNN Staff
First Publish: 9/2/2010, 7:51 PM / Last Update: 9/5/2010, 8:33 AM

The World Jewish Congress, meeting in Jerusalem, has awarded Israeli Zaka and other ’Heroes of Haiti” for their rescue efforts after a disastrous earthquake struck the country last January. Israel was the world leader in the rescue operation and was the first country to set up a field hospital for the earthquake victims.

Video presented during the award ceremony:

A separate award was granted to writer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Elie Wiesel, who was presented with the first WJC "Guardian of Jerusalem" award in recognition of his lifetime accomplishments on behalf of the Jewish people.

The World Jewish Congress is the international organization representing Jewish communities in 92 countries around the world.  

Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar delivered a keynote address to delegates about the recently launched Friends of Israel Initiative.

Video - IDF, Israel Police and ZAKA representatives receive award: