Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Knesset salutes youth helping Syrian refugees

From Jerusalem Post:


MK Mitzna hosts 30 Jewish, Arab, and Druse teens who volunteer to help Syrian refugees via Israel Flying Aid (IFA).


 Israeli teenagers gather clothes for victims of the Syrian civil war
Photo: Operation Human Warmth

Israelis should not think twice before aiding Syrian refugees, Knesset Education Committee chairman Amram Mitzna (Hatnua) said Monday.

“It’s important for Arabs and Jews [to] work together to do something,” Mitzna said. “We cannot be apathetic in light of what is happening beyond the border.”

The Hatnua MK added: “Tens of kilometers away, horrible, indescribable things are happening and I think we cannot allow ourselves, with our history, to think twice before enlisting to help.”

At the committee, Mitzna hosted 30 teen members of Jewish, Arab and Druse youth groups who volunteer to help Syrian refugees via Israel Flying Aid (IFA) – an organization that provides aid through emergency medicine and care for trauma victims in countries with which Israel does not have diplomatic relations.

Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed and its alumni organization Dror Yisrael initiated a clothing drive for refugees.

“The international community’s silence on the atrocities in Syria costs lives,” Gal Lusky, IFA’s founder, said. “It warms my heart to see our youth take to the streets [to help refugees] and I thank them for breaking the silence.”...

 Much more here on Operation Human Warmth - kids helping kids.

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