Treating the enemy

Israeli hospitals have found themselves in the unlikely position of providing aid to victims of the Syrian civil war.

May 27, 2014 11:43

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to an injured Syrian man being treated by the IDF. (photo credit: MENAHEM KAHANA / REUTERS)

 Two elderly Beduin women from Syria hover over their grandchildren’s hospital bed in Israel’s Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya. They hail from a village near the Israeli border and have been fixtures at the hospital for a month and a half keeping an eye on the children, aged 13 and 10, who were seriously injured in separate bombing attacks on their village.

“We always heard that Israel wants to kill us, to murder us, but now Israel is being more merciful to us [than Syria]. They are taking care of us. The Syrians are terrorists. We are afraid to go to the hospitals there. Here, we feel comfortable. There, we are always afraid,” one of the grandmothers tells The Jerusalem Report.


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