In case you are unaware of this, which, if you’re not expressly looking for this type of news you probably are, Israeli officials are in Jordan helping Syrian refugees, JPost.com reported.
Speaking at a conference in Jerusalem, Israel’s Deputy Minister Ayoub Karit recently reportedly revealed he had “representatives in Jordan making efforts to assist children and infants who have been injured in the Syrian military’s ongoing violent crackdown throughout the country.”
It’s the first time Israelis are known to be working in Jordan to help Syrian refugees, according to the report, though it’s by no means the first time Israelis have offered and/or sent help where it’s been needed – even to “enemy” nations.
Kara, a Druse member of the Likud Party, said his bureau chief is among those “working alongside representatives from Israeli humanitarian organizations” in Jordan, a marginally non-hostile nation, to help those fleeing Syria, a sworn enemy.
“They are in Jordan trying to help people who have been hurt in Syria,” he reportedly told The Jerusalem Post, confirming the representatives he was referring to were Israeli citizens.
“They are there as part of the international assistance [to Syria] and not in the framework of the regime or government,” he reportedly said, adding that the focus now was “on trying to get medicine and medical treatment to children and infants who have been injured in Syria.”
A Google search for who’s helping these refugees, seems to indicate that besides the International Rescue Committee, the Israelis and some Islamists from Lebanon, very few are actually in the trenches, though the United Nations is appealing to other countries to help.
But helping, despite a negative international reputation based on lies and anti-Semitic propaganda, is what Jews/Israelis tend to do by nature.
For instance, Israel was among the first to send help to Haiti following the 2010 earthquake, to Japan after its earthquake last year, and to Turkey after its earthquake also in 2011, though Turkish officials at first rejected the offer. Not to mention the aide and expertise Israel sent to Sudan last year as it declared statehood, to Belarus after last year’s devastating train blast and to Indonesia after the terrible 2004 tsunami. And all this is done, mostly under the radar, despite some of these countries displaying attitudes ranging from mild enmity to blatant hostility throughout the years towards the Jewish state.
Not that Israel in general or these volunteers in particular need or want accolades from me, you, or anyone else, but I thought it might be important there be a record of this to point to the next time some so-called “anti-Zionist” again claims the Jewish state is racist, exclusionary and out to commit genocide against its Arab neighbors. And, never fear – they absolutely will.
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