Israel, Christian aid group save Syrian girl's heart

Monday, June 17, 2013 |  Israel Today Staff

For several months now Israel has been treating Syrian civilians wounded in their country's ongoing civil war. The situation has also given Israel an opportunity to add Syrian children to the list of those from around the Middle East who are receiving life-saving heart treatment in the Jewish state.

The Times of Israel has an absolutely moving story in which a reporter spends the day with a Syrian mother, her afflicted daughter, and a staff member of Shevet Achim, an Israel-based Christian organization that arranges to bring Arab, Kurdish and Turkish children from across the region to Israel for treatment.

Little Nadrah (as she is referred to the article) is the first Syrian child to be helped by the program. After undergoing a successful procedure, Nadrah and her mother said they couldn't be more happy with how they were treated in Israel.

Already at the border (Nadrah and her family are living as refugees in a neighboring host country) the Israelis showed their true colors to a mother and daughter who had been raised to view the Jewish state as a blood-thirsty enemy.

"I am so happy that you’re bringing in Syrians," an Israeli border guard told a Shevet Achim staffer as he handed a popsicle to Nadrah. "We need to do something for the Syrian people."

Later in their stay, a Syrian Jew who had long ago made aliyah to Israel came to visit the family and go out of his way to provide assistance.

The work of Shevet Achim over the years has been a two-fold blessing. It has demonstrated Christian love to the most destitute people of this region, and it has opened the door for Israel to show that it cares even for its enemies.

Israel "is clear that in life-or-death cases, it will do whatever is needed to get the patient treatment," a Shevet Achim official told the Times of Israel. When these Arab children experience this level of care and assistance, they realize that in Israel's eyes, they are "as valuable as any other child," and they take that message home.

The full article is well worth a read: Click Here to read it now

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