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March 13, 2014

Israeli Hospitals Treat Syrian Victims of Civil War


The Christian Science Monitor published a feature article on March 12, 2014, "Enemies, no, patients, say Israeli doctors treating Syrians," describing the lifesaving treatment provided to wounded and ill Syrians at Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya. In less than a year, 220 Syrians, a third of them children, have been treated at the Israeli hospital, mainly for injuries sustained in the Syrian civil war.

What is so extraordinary about this humanitarian effort is that Israel is technically at war with Syria.

The article establishes,

"Israel has a tradition of offering humanitarian assistance in war zones and natural disasters around the world, even where it is not particularly welcome. But treating Syrians, whose country is still officially at war with Israel, is not only a logistical miracle but an extraordinary exercise in humanity trumping hate."

This Israeli humanitarian effort contrasts with the media's frequent showcasing of the empty moral preening of so-called humanitarian groups like Amnesty International, that recently published yet another lengthy report filled with dubious accusations against Israel and academic groups like the American Studies Association who advocate boycotts of the Jewish state and its scholars. Like peacocks flashing their colorful feathers, these groups parade their so-called moral indignation to garner attention, but contribute nothing positive for either Arabs or Jews.

Meanwhile, the Israeli medical staff at Western Galilee Hospital expend time, resources and sweat to alleviate the suffering of their Arab neighbors. The Christian Science Monitor is to be commended for providing tangible evidence of the humanitarian impulse to its readers.

Posted by SS at March 13, 2014 01:48 PM


I'm shocked that the Christian Science Monitor would run a complimentary article about Israel. When it comes to anti-Israel bias in the news media, the CSM has been one of the worst.

Posted by: Robert Arbetman at March 13, 2014 09:25 PM

My complements are due to Christian Science Monitor for an unbiased report. Christian Science Monitor has a history of anti-Israel bias, which was not apparent in this factual report.

Posted by: Richard Hetzler at March 20, 2014 11:35 AM

WOW! I am so happy to see this from the Christan Science Monitor. We happen to have been in Israel in February and have a friend who is a doctor living in the north and treating these people. He tells us that most of them hate the Israelis but a few have changed their minds. Meanwhile, he must treat them no matter how they feel about the Israelis. That is what makes Israel different from its hatefilled neighbors - humanity.

Posted by: Dalya at March 29, 2014 10:27 AM

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