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ZAKA's mission is to rescue and recover victims following terror attacks, bombings, natural disasters, missing persons missions, and general disaster relief.

ZAKA, founded in 1989, and incorporated in 1995, is a United Nations recognized humanitarian organization that can deploy anywhere on the globe within hours. With over 2,800 volunteers stationed around the world ZAKA's mission is to rescue and recover victims following terror attacks, bombings, natural disasters, missing persons missions, and general disaster relief. The faithful volunteers of ZAKA are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


ZAKA, which is perhaps best known for its sacred, yet grisly work in collecting human remains to ensure a proper Jewish burial, is equally active in the fields of emergency response (using motorcycles equipped with first aid and fire-fighting equipment), search and rescue (including specialist canine, divers and rappelling units) and accident prevention. In Israel alone ZAKA has 34 ambulances, 162 motorcycles, 54 All-Terrain Vehicles, 51 specially trained dogs to detect both people and bodies, and 36 water crafts in its inventory. 


ZAKA, recognized in 2005 by the United Nations as an international humanitarian organization, sends highly trained volunteers to assist in international disasters, working in conjunction with other emergency personnel. ZAKA volunteers have been seen among the first responders at the Tsunami in Indonesia, the Fukushima Nuclear Reactor failure in Japan, the plane crash in Phuket, Hurricane Katrina, the Columbia space shuttle disaster, the earthquake in Haiti, and terror attacks in Turkey, Mombasa and Taba, among others.


ZAKA is the Hebrew acronym for Disaster Victim Identification. Although victim identification is their namesake, it is only one of the many services that ZAKA volunteers undertake following an incident.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The Capitol Hill Luncheon paid tribute to victims of terror and the courageous Zaka volunteers who have saved hundreds of lives. The luncheon also honored Members of Congress for their support to the US-Israel relationship.
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