“But one tribe shall remain his—for the sake of My servant David and for the sake of Yerushalayim, the city that I have chosen out of all the tribes of Yisrael.” (I Kings 11:32)
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When Guatemala opened its embassy in May in Jerusalem just two days after the US embassy move, it was only natural that ZAKA would be closely involved. ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav joined Guatemalan Foreign Minister Dr. Sandra Hoval, Guatemalan Ambassador to Israel Mrs. Sarah Solis Castaneda and the Rabbi of Guatemala Rabbi Joseph Gramon in affixing the mezuza to the new embassy in the Malha Technological Park in Jerusalem.
This, because of the close friendship and working relationship that ZAKA has with the Latin American country. Following initial discussion in March 2017 between ZAKA and representatives of the Guatemala Jewish community, government ministries and emergency services, in February 2018 ZAKA trained 45 local volunteers in light search and rescue. These volunteers came from the Jewish and non-Jewish communities, and included representatives from the Guatemalan emergency services.
The training program was developed by the ZAKA International Rescue Unit in order to ensure local communities have the knowledge and equipment needed to work with the emergency services to offer a swift and professional response to a mass casualty incident in the first 48 hours.