The Magen David Adom’s 20THGeneral Assembly took place on 26th June at Ashkelon, with volunteers from all over the country present.

Jacques de Maio, our Head of Delegation, was there and said a few words. “MDA, the ICRC, and all national societies are part of the largest humanitarian network in the world, the Movement of the Red Cross and Red Crescent. We hope to see more MDA colleagues contributing to meaningful operations, like in the recent successful deployments with us in the Philippines and Ukraine. We have worked alongside each other for years and will continue to do so.”

Jacques recalled that the ICRC stands firmly by the side of all people protected by the Law of War and the principle of impartiality, regardless of political pressure. “We have increased activities in the West Bank since the beginning of the military operation, for Palestinians protected by the Geneva Conventions”, he explained. Adding: “Eyla, Gilad, Naftale: IHL and the Law of War are meant to protect you too. We call for your unconditional release now”.