If that isn't Love.. There is no God in Isreal

When it is ‘love your neighbour’, to many host nations that received the Syrian refugees, it is, ‘love thy enemy’, for Jews to receive, medically treat and aid the displaced Syrian refugees in many countries.

“As the Syrian conflict drags into its fifth year, Jewish communities the world over have time and again shown an amazing depth of compassion and generosity towards Syrian refugees, at a time when much of the world seems largely resigned to regarding the refugee crisis as unsolvable”.

I srael and Syria have been in a state of war since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. The two countries have fought three major wars; Arab Israeli War in 1948, the Six-Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973, later also involved in the Lebanese Civil War and the 1982 Lebanon War. All efforts to achieve peace between the two nations proved futile. There are no diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Syria is one of Israel’s principal immediate military threats. Syria’s primary military objective following Israel’s independence in 1948 had been the destruction of the Jewish State. Today, Syria is accused of funding terrorist organisations like Hamas and Hezbollah as proxies to attack Israel. Despite the threat of aggression from the Syrian side of the border, Israeli hospitals continue to treat wounded Syrians who cross the border seeking medical attention. Between 2013 and 2015, Israeli hospitals treated over 2,000 Syrians who sustained sometimes life threatening injuries. On a more positive note, Israel has allowed a number of refugees to cross the border, primarily for medical treatment, and has set up a hospital near the border to offer care to injured Syrian civilians.

In spite of what is happening between Israel and Syria, the humanitarian response of Israel towards the Syrians is remarkable. According to a recent post by aish.com, “Aboud Dandachi, a 39-year-old Syrian refugee living in Istanbul,

In spite of what is happening between Israel and Syria, the humanitarian response of Israel towards the Syrians is remarkable...Israeli and Jewish organisations are helping Syrian refugees and the world is beginning to listen

is telling the world, ‘Thank you Am Israel’. He’s blogging, tweeting and posting his thanks to Israeli and Jewish organisations and individuals for helping Syrian refugees and the world is beginning to listen. In an exclusive interview to aish.com, Dandachi explained, “The Israelis and Jews who are risking everything to help my people are remarkable. They had every reason to keep well away from the refugee crisis created by the war in my country, but all over the world Jews have shown a tremendous compassion and generous spirit towards Syrians. Saying thank you is the least a person can do”. He continued, “...Syrians don’t have many friends left in the world. Abandoned by many of their former allies and supporters have found a champion in many Jews and Israelis...No one could have blamed Israelis and Jews if they had stayed aloof from the refugee crisis, but they didn’t. They risked a lot to help us. And the very least you can do is say thank you. To say thank you isn’t remarkable, one act of kindness is more remarkable than a hundred thank yous...one of the greatest feats of humanitarian assistance ever carried out”.

Thank You Am Israel is a blog created by a displaced Syrian, in appreciation of the assistance given to Syrian refugees by Israeli and Jewish organisations and individuals.

Israeli aid workers are helping Syrian refugees in Greece, Germany, the Balkans and Jordan and ordinary Israelis have flocked to donate clothes and supplies and in many other places around the world mobilising to help to those displaced by Syria’s war.

One recent post profiled IL4Syria, an Israeli NGO that has mobilized 200 volunteers to provide aid in Syria, often at great personal risk. Volunteers have donated supplies for 17 field hospitals, helped train Syrian civil defence volunteers, distributed chemical suits for doctors treating victims of poison gas attacks, and donated 3D printers to manufacture prosthetic limbs.

In the column, Love the Stranger, Philip Moscovitch writes how a number of Jewish communities have raised huge sponsorship all over Canada and in the US for the Syrian refugees. Some of the Israeli organisations involved in active aid to the Syrians are, IsraAID, an Israeli NGO extensively involved in assisting the tens of thousands of refugees who have landed in Greece. The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief consists of 49 Jewish agencies from all over the world. Since 2014 the JCDR has donated over half a million dollars in assistance to Syrian refugees in the Middle East and supports IsraAID’s medical teams in Greece.

The Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees is a coalition of fifty American interfaith groups and organisations from the Jewish, Christian, Sikh and Syrian expat communities founded by Georgette Bennet, a Jewish-Hungarian refugee, is dedicated to assisting Syrian refugees and raising awareness of their plight.


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