Israel recognized for world contributions

Monday, May 30, 2011 |  Ryan Jones  

Various world leaders and a large portion of the international press spend a great deal of time trying to smear Israel and paint it as an oppressive and defiant rogue state.

But every once in a while, major international figures force everyone else to step back and see the truth - that despite being constantly maligned, Israel works tirelessly to aid the world's sick, hungry and underprivileged.

Speaking at a conference on aid to Africa in Herzliya on Sunday, famed Irish rocker Bob Geldof said that Israel's efforts in Africa must be recognized.

"There’s something noble about the fact that Israel, a country born in misery and suffering, aspires to assist Africa," said Geldof, who is also widely known for his own efforts to combat poverty in Africa.

Over the decades, Israel has been involved in countless projects in most African countries. Teams of doctors and medical experts from the Israeli army and Israel's major hospitals make regular excurions to Africa to help treat illnesses that most African nations are simply unequipped to handle.

Israel was also highly praised on Sunday by the head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Speaking in Jerusalem, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova said her organization has "excellent cooperation" with Israel, and especially thanked the Jewish state for its role in promoting education for women.

Bokova said she was troubled by recent resolutions passed against Israel by UNESCO's Executive Board.

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