Trump Donates $100K to Israeli Volunteer Ambulance Group

Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 07:19 AM

By Elliot Jager

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Real estate tycoon Donald Trump has reportedly pledged to contribute over $100,000 to the Israeli volunteer emergency ambulance service United Hatzalah, according to the New York-based Jewish newspaper Algemeiner.

The funds are to be used for the purchase of ambulances.

Trump was reportedly inspired to make the contribution by his friend, pharmaceuticals magnate Stewart Rahr.

Rahr has himself raised substantial funds for the Israel branch of United Hatzalah. At a recent ambulance dedication ceremony in Jerusalem, Rahr said, "I just love the energy level of United Hatzalah… This is the type of organization I relate to, starting from the bottom just like I started."

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Magen David Adom is Israel's national ambulance service.

Zaka, with a focus on disaster relief and responding to terrorist events, and United Hatzalah, which provides free emergency medical first response, were founded in recent years. The manpower for the two groups comes mostly from young Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox volunteers and serves as a form of unofficial national service for them. Zaka also has two units of Bedouin, Muslim, and Druze volunteers.

Trump is a supporter of Israel. His daughter is a convert to Judaism and married to Jared Kushner, a principal owner of Kushner Properties.

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