A Syrian mother carries her sick child into Israel. (Screenshot)
If the border between Israel and Syria opened up, millions of Syrians would want to come to the Jewish State, the mother of a sick child brought to Israel for treatment told Israeli news outlet Chadashot recently.
For the first time, a TV news outlet was permitted by the IDF to film Syrians entering Israel for medical treatment. Several women interviewed were full of extensive praise for Israel, explaining that in light of the country’s humanitarian aid, Israelis, who had once been considered enemies, had become like brothers.
Indeed, this development of goodwill was the ultimate goal of Operation Good Neighbor, a IDF mission begun secretly several years ago to provide aid to Syrians who came to the Syrian-Israeli border seeking medical help.
The operation expanded into a humanitarian aid initiative, with the IDF transferring tons of food, clothes, heating and cooking fuel, and even diapers to Syrians suffering under their country’s ongoing civil war.
To date, Israel has treated about 3,000 Syrians injured in the fighting, and nearly 1,000 children.
Syrian women walk through the border gate. (Screenshot)
The Chadashot report followed 21 women and 23 children as they made their way from the Syrian side of the border into Israel early one recent morning. IDF soldiers waited for them at an agreed-upon spot before allowing them, under surveillance, through the gate.
These children had been selected by Syrian doctors as needing the higher-quality medical care available in Israel. One mother told a reporter that she would rather bring her child to Israel than Damascus for treatment.
“The first time you saw an Israeli soldier in uniform, how did you feel?” The reporter asked one woman as they walked from the border towards the coach bus that would bring the group to Ziv Hospital in the northern city of Tzfat.
“I felt that he was our brother,” she immediately replied.
The IDF escorts the mothers and children to a coach bus. (Screenshot)
“In the past Israel was thought of as an enemy,” another explained, “But now that they have reached out their hand to help us, most of the people are with you, they love Israel. They see the true face [of Israel].”
“I am very, very happy” to be in Israel, one mother said, adding that she was not at all afraid of being in a country once considered an enemy. “Why should I be afraid?”
At the hospital, kids were provided with paper and crayons, and sat drawing and coloring with IDF soldiers. Many even drew Israeli flags.
The group was given breakfast, and a medical clown was brought to help relax the children.
A medical clown jokes with the children at Ziv Hospital. (Screenshot)
“Once they understand we’re not going to abuse them but help them, they open up, they start to talk,” Major Sergei Kotikov, IDF director of Operation Good Neighbor, told Chadashot. “And then they start to tell us about what they’ve been through.”
Several women described the difficult living conditions in southern Syria, much of which is engulfed in warfare. One woman became visibly emotional when speaking of her appreciation for Israel, telling the reporter, “I wish we could stay here.”
When asked what would happen if the gates of the Israeli-Syrian border were opened that day, the woman replied without hesitation, “I would be the first to pass through them.”
“And how many would come after you? Millions?” asked the reporter.
“All of Syria would come after me. All of the citizens still in Syria, they would all come.”
Jeremy Corbyn leads a pro-Palestinian demonstration in London in 2014, one year before becoming Labour Party leader. Photo: File.
This marked a massive rise from the previous such survey, in which only 39% of Jews believed Corbyn was antisemitic.
British Jews also expressed an extremely low opinion of the Labour Party in general. The poll showed that 85.6% believed Labour suffered from “very high” levels of antisemitism.
Corbyn and his party have been beset with a series of high-profile antisemitism scandals for several years, which has resulted in the resignation and suspension of several prominent officials. Corbyn himself was recently caught on video saying that “Zionists” did not understand “English irony” despite “having lived in this country for a very long time.”
Makuya in Jerusalem 201 (YouTube)
Like an apple tree among trees of the forest, So is my beloved among the youths. I delight to sit in his shade, And his fruit is sweet to my mouth. (Song of Songs 2:3)
For ten days in late August, Israeli Rabbi Benny Lau and his wife, Rabbanit Noah Lau, traveled from Jerusalem to Japan to lead Bible study for groups of Makuya Japanese Christians. The Laus traveled to five Japanese towns and spent three days together at a weekend conference with 3,400 members of the Makuya group.
Makuya is Japanese for the Hebrew word Mishkan, the tent of meeting, where human beings come into contact with God. The Mishkan was the portable sanctuary that the Israelites used in the desert, before entering Israel and building the First Holy Temple.
The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. (Psalm 11:5)
Brazilian presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro. (Credit: Agencia O Globo)
Jair Bolsonaro, the front-runner in the upcoming presidential election in Brazil, was stabbed during a campaign rally Thursday and was undergoing surgery.
The far-right politician, whose heated rhetoric has electrified some voters and angered others – -who accuse him of racism and homophobia – in a deeply polarized electorate, was attacked amid a crowd in the south-east state of Minas Gerais. Bolsonaro has performed strongly in recent opinion polls.
Those same polls suggested that he will likely receive the most votes in next month’s presidential elections, especially if the country’s former president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (‘Lula’) remains blocked from standing. He is currently in prison, but is appealing against his candidacy ban – imposed after his conviction for corruption.
Republican lawmakers have made it clear they have no intention of repealing Obamacare in the current Congress.
Republicans in the nation’s top lawmaking body have never really wanted to get rid of Obamacare. They would prefer to present the program, which David Horowitz correctly describes as “the greatest assault on individual freedom and individual choice in our lifetimes,” as a villain and whip up sentiment against it and run against it every election. They view Obamacare as good for the business of politics. They may chip away at it from time to time or tinker with it at the margins, but make no mistake: these creatures of Washington want to keep it in place. This is the Republicans’ dirty secret.
The Trump administration has decided to reopen a case brought by a Zionist group against Rutgers University, previously closed by the Obama administration in 2014, alleging that the university had allowed Jewish students to be subjected to a hostile environment in violation of Title VI of the U.S. Civil Rights Act. The issue, ignored by the Obama administration, was whether the students were discriminated against based on their actual or perceived Jewish ancestry or ethnicity. Kenneth L. Marcus, the new assistant secretary of education for civil rights, decided that the case deserved another look.
Nestled in the Han River in the middle of South Korea’s bustling capital of Seoul, Yeoui Island is hardly where one would expect to find the largest mega-church in the world. Home to the city’s business and financial district, its skyline dotted with skyscrapers, the island boasts some of the country’s most powerful institutions, such as the Korean stock exchange and the headquarters of LG, the international conglomerate.
The AfD’s opponents, who often brand the party as “far right” or “extremist,” claim that the party’s alleged ties to neo-Nazi groups pose an existential threat to Germany’s constitutional order. The AfD’s supporters counter that Germany’s politically correct establishment, afraid of losing its power and influence, is attempting to outlaw a legitimate party that has pledged to put the interests of German citizens first.
Israel’s Palestinian foes regard “martyrdom” as the supremely highest expression of Islamic sacredness. Nonetheless, there are certain conspicuously prominent disjunctions between the relevant obligations of faith and expectations of international law. Unambiguously, only the latter set of obligations can offer a suitably authoritative source for assessing Palestinian resorts to armed force.
This is the case even when the stated objective of such resorts would be “self-determination” and/or “national liberation.”
“Setting fire to the ground,” a “major catastrophe,” bringing “new instability” are the headlines that have greeted Donald Trump’s unorthodox decisions over the past year. Withdrawing from UNESCO, moving the US Embassy, leaving the Iran deal and cutting funding to UNRWA and funding for Pakistan were seen as extreme decisions in the Middle East and around the world. Insofar as there is a “Trump Doctrine,” it has been to call this bluff.
In the mind-set of Trump and his team, the time has come for the United States to move quickly to reverse decades of foreign policy norms, ending the status quo, and ripping up what the previous administrations did.
The jihadi assault on and massacre of Christians continued unabated throughout the Muslim word. According to one report titled, “Armed gangs WIPE OUT 15 villages in mass Christian slaughter in Nigeria,” several Islamic terrorists “stormed through 15 villages to massacre Christians and destroy their churches in a violent crackdown against the religion…. Dozens of people have been killed after the gangs ransacked towns and villages to clear them of all aspects of the Christian faith.
Wars are raging in various parts of the Middle East, although there is a tendency not to call the conflicts by that name because of the fear conjured up by the word.
One conflagration is the war Iran is waging against those – headed by Israel – who stand in the way of its plans to take over the entire Middle East.
Another is the Assad regime’s war to take back control of the entire country, and a third is the PLO’s battle for survival.
Much has been written about the first of these wars, and reports have claimed that from early 2017 on, Israel has launched over 200 attacks in Syria, mainly at targets connected to Iran.