German Christian aid worker sees the real Israel

Thursday, May 03, 2012 |  Hannes-Christoph Buchmann

Shevet Achim (Dwelling Together) is a Christian nonprofit organization based in Israel, which provides lifesaving heart surgery for Arab children from Judea and Samaria (the so-called West Bank), the Gaza Strip and Kurdistan (northern Iraq). I have been volunteering for over a month with Shevet Achim, which refers to Psalm 133:1—“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity.” The organization’s mission is to help the needy, provide neighborly love and advance the cause of peace.

As a foreigner from Germany, I’m surprised at the positive way in which Shevet Achim is viewed by the authorities and by Israeli society in general. Hospitals provide steep discounts, and volunteers from the Tel Aviv area visit the children, dressing up as clowns and bringing them small gifts and candy.

One of the patients' mothers told me she is praying that Israel will one day reoccupy Gaza.

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