ZAKA - (Zihui Korbanot Ason) Disaster Victim Identification

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 |  Ariel Rudolph

ZAKA is a non-profit organization that has been officially recognized by the State of Israel since 1995 but is not financially supported by it. The approximately 1,500 volunteer ZAKA members are amongst the first to arrive at scenes of disasters and usually the last ones to leave as they work closely with the police to identify victims. ZAKA collected human remains for the first time after a terrorist attack on a bus in 1989.

The volunteers are available 24/7 whatever the weather conditions to handle victims of accidents and terrorist attacks. They seek and collect every piece of human tissue, every drop of blood, all that is left of what once was a human body. The human remains are packed, labeled for identification purposes demanding hours of work. No case for the faint of heart! They also provide first aid services and help in search and rescue missions of missing persons.

All members undergo special training to participate in, what is no doubt, one of the most painful, difficult and stressful tasks in Israeli society!

Since it is a Jewish duty to bury a deceased person as a whole and with dignity, we too would like to support this organization. Help us to support these brave and courageous volunteers in their important work with a donation, they need your help!

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