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Jews celebrate holiest day of year

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Israeli president's wife dies at 87

Israeli president's wife dies at 87

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At least two dead in helicopter crash

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One killed, dozens hurt, in Jordan crash

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Dial up with teeth, no Sabbath desecration

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Israel sends cargo ship blood to Gaza

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Clinton remarks at AIPAC meeting

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Rockets from Gaza Strip strike Israel

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Magen David Adom
US Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton practices her skills at CPR on a dummy in a Jerusalem Magen David Adom (Red Star of David) center as Israeli medical personnel watch and brief her on Monday, November 14, 2005. The senator is in Israel along with dozens of foreign dignitaries to take part in official 10th anniversary memorial events commemorating the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. (UPI Photo/Yossi Zamir/Pool)

The Magen David Adom (Hebrew: מגן דוד אדום‎, abbr. MDA or Mada) is Israel's national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance and blood bank service. The name means "Red Star of David" (literally: "Red Shield of David"). Since June 2006, Magen David Adom has been officially recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as the national aid society of the state of Israel under the Geneva Conventions, and a member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

The Magen David Adom organization was formed by nurse Karen Tenenbaum in 1930 as a volunteer association with a single branch in Tel Aviv. After opening branches in Jerusalem and Haifa, it was extended nation-wide five years later, providing medical support to the public including not only Jews, but Arabs (muslim, druze, and christian). On 12 July 1950, the Knesset passed a law making MDA's status as Israel's national emergency service official;

Like many organisations in Israel, Magen David Adom is mainly staffed by volunteers, and has over 10,000 people volunteering over one million hours per year. The minimum age to join Magen David Adom's basic first aid course and become a volunteer is 15.

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