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Israel Urges Aid for Cambodian People

November 6, 1979
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Israel declared today that “firm actions, and not just words” are needed to help the Cambodian people and pledged to participate in the humanitarian efforts to save the starving people of Cambodia.

Addressing the Pledging Conference for Emergency Humanitarian Relief to the People of Kampuchea (Cambodia) which opened here today. Yehuda Blum, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, said Israel will consider sending further medical teams to Cambodia “as circumstances dictate” in addition to the team and the two tons of medical supplies and equipment that have been sent already. He said the cost of those measures is estimated at about $55,000 for aid to the Cambodian people “and the campaign is still far from finished.”

The people of Israel, “who have known what it is to suffer and to be refugees, could not remain unmoved by this human drama,” the Israeli envoy added, noting that “there is no more noble task, nor any more. urgent, before us today” than to help the Cambodian people. He said “Israel wholeheartedly endorses the efforts currently undertaken by the United Nations to alleviate the suffering of the Kampuchean people.”

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