Israeli Hospital Offers Syrians Aid
A ten–year-old boy lost both his legs in his country’s civil war, which continues to rage on. His six-year-old cousin lost one leg, with the other severely shattered.
Despite the fact these boys are Syrian, they are receiving treatment at Israel’s Ziv Medical Center. It is located in the TZAHAR region, which is Federation’s Partnership 2gether region and an acronym of the three cities it includes: Tzfat, Hazor Hagalilet and Rosh Pina.
Ziv Medical Center is the only hospital in Israel’s Upper Galilee and northern Golan Heights saving the lives of Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze. Over 225 wounded Syrians, primarily children, have received medical treatment that they are unable to receive in their war-torn villages.
There are small moments of joy at the hospital. An eight-year-old girl was returned to Syria with an external fixation device on her leg. She later made it back to Ziv Center to continue her orthopedic treatment and visit with staff. Together, they celebrated her ninth birthday.
Dr. Oscar Embon, Director of Ziv Medical Center said the hospital will continue to provide humanitarian aid to these patients for as long as necessary.
“Our doctors and our teams provide the wounded Syrians with high quality medical treatment, as well as psychological and social support following the traumatic experiences they have endured,” said Dr. Embon.
“These are civilians,” he continued, “people whose whole world has come crashing down around them. They are suffering not only from severe injuries but come to us with nothing: no food or clothing, and no means of communicating with their homes.”
An initiative of the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), Partnership2Gether is a program that connects the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County with the TZAHAR region in Israel where we are building global Jewish community by sharing ideas, strengths, challenges and models of success.