Israel’s humanitarian aid to any country is usually criticized as a way to deflect the world’s attention from its atrocities in Gaza. But the recent criticism goes beyond that.
Aid poured in from all over the world for earthquake-hit Nepal, including from Israel. But there are claims that the aid coming from Israel wasn’t a selfless deed to help a devastated country but rather a ruse for baby trafficking.
As serious as the claim sounds, it has been made by Iranian HispanTV and Venezuela’s Telesur networks, which allege that “Israel uses humanitarian help as a cover for trafficking of 25 babies in Nepal.”
Right after the Nepalese quake, Israel Defense Forces sent one of the largest aid teams to help the affected people.
Israel was under fire right after the quake as well for flying out babies born to Nepalese surrogate mothers while leaving the mothers behind to fend for themselves.
But these claims are more serious than that.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization, condemned the report.
“The ‘Tehran-Caracas axis’ even perverts humanitarian aid to victims of natural disasters such as the Nepal earthquake, just as they had accused the Israeli medical mission of harvesting body parts in the Haiti catastrophe,” said Dr. Shimon Samuels, director for international relations of the Wiesenthal Center. “Through these Spanish-language television satellites, Iran foments anti-Semitism across the Americas, just as it sponsors global terrorism, slanders the Holocaust and pursues its nuclear program.”
There is no proof for these claims so far. As such they are just allegations. It is clear however, that no matter how much openly Israel gives aids and volunteer its humanitarian help, its motives will always be questioned.