“Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous. Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.” (Psalm 112:4–5)
In a wonderful act of compassion, Israeli doctors and spies have rallied to save the life of a 5-year-old Syrian girl after they discovered she had cancer. The girl arrived two weeks ago to receive emergency treatment for wounds inflicted during a firefight between rival militias.
While Syria is classified as an “enemy state,” Syrians who have illegally crossed the 40-mile border with Israel to seek help from Israeli medical personnel have not been turned back. Israeli soldiers and doctors have consistently treated wounded Syrians that have crossed into the Jewish state.
Although Israel has been helping Syrian victims since the start of the brutal conflict, most return home after they heal. In this case, the doctors petitioned Israel’s security officials to let the girl remain for cancer treatment.
Israel’s security forces not only gave the young patient permission to stay, they also tracked down a bone-marrow donor in Syria. Because the two countries have been in a state of war since the establishment of Israel, Syrian citizens are not permitted to enter the State of Israel through regular means, necessitating a secret operation.
The 5-year-old girl, who is being treated at Rambam in Haifa, was reunited with her relative this past Monday. Both are in quarantine, with an expectation that the girl’s cancer treatment will take place this month. All other details are classified. (TOI)
As of last July, the Israeli government had authorized four hospitals to treat Syrians, with Ziv Medical Center in Safed reportedly having treated about 500 Syrians, being the closest hospital to the border at a distance of 19 miles.
Israel also has a field hospital in place that treats wounded Syrians before evacuation to a permanent facility.
Since 2013, Israel has saved more than 2,000 Syrians, many of them Islamic militants, according to a December 2015 report in the British Daily Mail.