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A Syrian refugee boy flashes a victory sign as he looks out from behind the fence at Yayladagi refugee camp in Hatay province near the Turkish-Syrian border July 9, 2012. REUTERS Photo

A Syrian refugee boy flashes a victory sign as he looks out from behind the fence at Yayladagi refugee camp in Hatay province near the Turkish-Syrian border July 9, 2012. REUTERS Photo

Israeli aid groups are working with Western organizations to provide humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Turkey and Jordan, MP Ayoob Kara told AFP on Thursday.
"We have found a way, with voluntary organisations from Israel that are now on the borders of Jordan and Turkey with Syria, to provide humanitarian help to the Syrians who are there," Kara said.
"My advisors are also in Jordan to try to find a way to help the refugees in Jordan," he added, saying that Israeli volunteer groups had been working in Turkey and Jordan for the past two months.
Kara stressed that the aid was humanitarian, with Israeli groups providing "food, medicine, a lot of help." And he said the organisations involved were non-governmental groups working under the auspices of European institutions to assist Syrian refugees in the border areas.
"This is not the government, it's volunteers," he said, declining to identify the groups involved.
"They are Israelis but they don't work there as Israelis, they work with the European groups there." Kara said the Israeli government was wary of being seen to aid the opposition groups fighting to overthrow the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose country is a sworn enemy of Israel.
"If we are part of the conflict, it's a danger for all the region, all the world," he said.
But Kara said he was eager to see the Jewish state provide humanitarian assistance, where possible.
"It is important for us that when there are big problems in our neighbour states, we are helping," he said.
Kara, a member of Israel's Druze minority who belongs to the rightwing Likud party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said the governments of Jordan and Turkey "know about the work of the Israeli organizations." And the deputy said he was working with Jordan and the Israeli government on the possibility of bringing wounded Syrian refugees to the Jewish state for treatment.


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Chas Spencer

7/14/2012 1:49:31 PM

Let us just separate the long suffering Jewish peopleon the street and the blight they arepresently sufferring under the political heel of unscrupolus ambition of theirambitious politicians who blow hot and cold to stay in power and will walk over dead bodies to do so.

cloud chaser

7/13/2012 11:56:59 PM

@Halil is 1999 considered sudden? research the Düzce earthquake and the IDF field hospital deployed to treat burn victims.

Marianne W

7/12/2012 9:53:27 PM

Halil: israelis ARE humanists ande very helpful around the world.

Lior Uziel

7/12/2012 5:30:50 PM

Let's see the comments to the story, and how everyone interprets it according to his own perception of Israel: the first is surprised and maybe hints that it is a scam, the second is positive and says people are good, but governments (I wander which?) suck. third says that Israelis/Zionists can't be good and it's a plot to see Muslims suffer. Maybe it's related that people don't really know Israel aside from what they read in the news...

The Lion

7/12/2012 4:37:53 PM

This is actually a calculated move on their behalf. They want to see the Syrian opposition fail so they're going to feed Assad's regime the propaganda it needs to make the Syrian opposition appear to be some Zionist plot. Israelis love seeing Sunni Muslims suffering anywhere in the world. For them, the status quo of an Alawite heretic dictator suppressing 70 % of his people who are Sunni Arabs while favoring christians is ideal for israel.

Joshua Bronxman

7/12/2012 3:10:25 PM

People in most countries are decent. It's usually governments that suck.

Yousuf Halil

7/12/2012 2:35:36 PM

All of a sudden they became humanists(!)
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