Japanese Town Inaugurates Statue to Honor Israeli Aid
Two years after a tsunami devastated the eastern seaboard of Japan, the people of Minamisanriku, inaugurated a statue Tuesday honoring the assistance Israel provided the city following the tragic event.
Titled “Rebirth and Resurrection,” according to website Israel Today the statue was produced by Israeli artist David Susanna, and was installed in front of the municipal offices and temporary Israeli hospitals established in the city. The new sculpture is meant to symbolize Israeli solidarity with the suffering of the Japanese people.
Israel was one of the first countries to offer its help to Japan in the immediate aftermath of the tragedy. The IDF sent an aid delegation to Minamisanriku that erected a field clinic featuring a pediatrics ward, a surgical ward and a pharmacy among other offerings. The clinic’s first patient was the mayor of Minamisanriku, who was injured during the tsunami.
"According to the Miami Herald, twenty-four hours after a massive earthquake hit Haiti killing over two hundred thousand people, Israel’s medics were doing surgery on site. Note: Not twenty-four hours after landing in two El-Al 747s, but twenty-four hours after the quake hit! Not just a surgery, but a pediatric ward, recovery area, food prep, water purification, X-ray, ICU…..the works. By comparison, the rest of the world sent a box of Band-Ads."