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Here in the Sunshine State, we understand the importance of people. We know that it is people who help make nations stronger. This is why we remain committed to Israel's greatest asset: her people. It is the people of Israel who drained the swamps, built the roads and settled the land. The people of Israel, who staved off wave after wave of war, and cultivated peace with Egypt and Jordan. It is the people of Israel who transitioned from an agrarian economy to a hi-tech powerhouse and helped revolutionise the smartphones, computers and life-saving medical equipment that we use today.
But it is also the people of Israel who suffer. Poverty is widespread and for many who live on the periphery of Israel's cities, they experience a lifetime of dilapidated housing and crime. This is why Queensland UIA devotes itself to helping the people of Israel.
UIA QLD brings together people from Brisbane and Gold Coast; to Townsville and Warwick to help support people in need in Israel. Building bomb shelters, sponsoring at-risk youth and helping Lone Soldiers are just a few of the programs that we're proud to have supported. But we also help bring Israel to Queensland. Through our events, the Queensland community can experience everything that the Jewish State has to offer. UIA supporters and volunteers are invited to hear from a range of fascinating speakers throughout the year; leaving our events feeling inspired to help those in Israel.
We also ensure to bring Australians to Israel. Through our annual Israel Missions and UIA for a Day experiences, countless members of our community have been up-close-and-personal with the true Israel. They receive VIP briefings from top military and government officials; visit the holiest sites and experience UIA Projects throughout the country. Our Missions provide our supporters with a unique perspective on the social, political and economic future of the world's only Jewish State.
The UIA QLD team consists of Hadas Palevsky and UIA QLD President, Dr John Skala.