Israeli teenagers gather clothes for victims of the Syrian civil war..
(photo credit: Operation Human Warmth)
An Israeli NGO is helping Syrian refugees survive by collecting winter clothing,
but has to remove all traces of its origin before sending it to the war-torn
Operation Human Warmth was organized in response to the
snowstorm last month during which 27 Syrian children died. Israeli Flying Aid
launched the campaign in cooperation with two youth movements, DrorIsrael and
Hano’ar Ha’oved Vehalomed.
Israeli Flying Aid supplies humanitarian aid
to people around the world, including in countries that have no diplomatic
relations with the Jewish state. The organization does not usually publicize
such actions so as not to be prevented from carrying out its missions. This time
it is speaking out, in an effort to raise awareness of the refugees’ plight and
to attract financial donations.
Gal Lusky, founder of Israeli Flying Aid,
told The Jerusalem Post
that because of the Jewish people’s past, there was a
“moral obligation to be the voice of the voiceless.”
The aid effort is
meant to “help Israeli children understand that Syrians are in desperate need of
help, and that humanitarian reasons require one to put politics aside for a
“It is a great moment for democracy,” she added, “as these
children might one day fight against each other, to educate Israeli youth,” and
to act to help the children of their “worst enemy.”
Members of the public
can bring sweaters, blankets, sleeping bags and other garments to 15 Hano’ar
Ha’oved Vehalomed youth centers across the country through January 10. Members
of the two youth groups are also going out and collecting the needed
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The donations will be checked to ensure the safety of the refugees
who will receive them. Thus, clothing with Israeli brand names or Hebrew writing
will not be accepted, and all Hebrew-language tags will be
Israeli Flying Aid will transfer them to Syrians in need. The
NGO declined to say the supplies would be sent to Syria.
members of the youth groups between the ages of 12 to 18 will participate in the
Israeli Flying Aid plans to start another operation later this
month with the Scout movement to collect dry foods and other goods to send to
Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons.
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