Rafael Aharoni Appointed President of Zaka Hong Kong, Macao and China


rafael-aharoniMr. Rafael Aharoni has been appointed President of the newly-formed ZAKA Hong Kong, Macao and China. ZAKA, Israel’s dominant volunteer life-saving, rescue and recovery NGO, has recently decided to expand its international presence, in the light of the ever-increasing threat of global terror. Based in Hong Kong, ZAKA Hong Kong, Macao and China will serve as the organization’s South East Asia base, promoting ZAKA’s humanitarian work and working to establish a regional center for the ZAKA International Rescue Unit.

Aharoni, a seventh generation Jerusalemite, is a well-known figure in the Hong Kong community, having served as the Chairman of the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong for the last seven years and as Chairman for Maccabi World Union – Hong Kong. A well-respected member of the diamond industry, Aharoni serves as Director of Rafael International Trading Ltd. & Rafael Aharoni & Son Co., Ltd. – Diamonds Manufacturing, Import & Export.

 Joining Aharoni on the newly-formed board are Hong Kong-based Hon. Judge Michael Hartmann and solicitor Mr. Jeremy Levy. Aharoni, together with Israeli Consul General to Hong Kong Mr. Amikam Levy and ZAKA Chairman Mr. Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, will host a ZAKA tribute dinner to mark the official launch of ZAKA Hong Kong, Macao and China on March 17, 2010.

 Rafael Aharoni: “I am indeed honored to serve the ZAKA organization, which is so dedicated in its humanitarian work to help mankind, regardless of race, color or creed. The sacred work of the ZAKA volunteers is a beacon of light amidst the darkness of tragedy and terror. Let us pray that my help will not be needed, that Mashiach will come soon and that, as we read in the book of Isaiah: ‘They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.”

 ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav: “It is a great honor for us to have Rafael Aharoni  as President of ZAKA Hong Kong, Macao and China. I am sure that, with his support, ZAKA will succeed in its target of establishing an East Asia regional center in Hong Kong and training volunteers to serve in the local ZAKA International Rescue Unit, able to respond quickly and professionally to local and regional emergencies.”

ZAKA, founded in 1995, is Israel’s dominant non-governmental lifesaving, rescue and recovery organization, with over 1500 volunteers in specialist units deployed around the country, on call 24/7, to respond to any terror attack, disaster or accident immediately, professionally and with the necessary equipment. Although ZAKA is the Hebrew acronym for Disaster Victim Identification, the scope of the organization today is far wider, including emergency response, specialist divers, canine and rappelling search and rescue units, accident prevention and even a joint Home Front unit with the Israel Defense Forces.

Recognized in 2005 by the United Nations as an international humanitarian organization, ZAKA deploys its International Rescue Unit when terror or tragedy strikes around the world – New Orleans, Mombasa, Turkey and Taba to name but a few. In the local region, ZAKA assisted at the 2004 tsunami, the 2007 Phuket plane crash and Kopipi boat crash and the 2008 Chabad House terror attack in Mumbai. Just this week, the ZAKA International Rescue Unit flew to Mexico to assist with the recovery of body parts from the helicopter crash in which Mexican businessman and philanthropist Moises Saba and 3 family members were killed. 

{Noam Amdurski-Matzav.com Newscenter}