There are many misconceptions about Israel but our Arab neighbors know who we are. That is why Syrians wounded in the civil war in their country are being taken to the Israeli border and left there for our soldiers to find them. The IDF soldiers transfer the wounded to Israeli hospitals where they receive the same excellent medical care any Israeli would receive – and our doctors have developed expertise from their extensive experience in treating similar wounds…
The Syrians know that Israel will heal whoever is in need. The fact that our countries are political enemies is irrelevant. The wounded might be Syrian soldiers, rebels or civilians caught in the crossfire – it doesn’t matter.
One of the two injured Syrians who were admitted to Safed’s Ziv Medical Center was admitted to Israel with a note from the doctor who gave him first aid on the other side of the border.
The note, which was written in Arabic and addressed to Israeli doctors, includes details about the injured young Syrian’s condition: “To the respectable surgeon hello. The patient, 28, was injured from a bullet that penetrated his chest and caused a fracture in the lungs, as well as from shrapnel that caused damage to the diaphragm and liver.
“The chest has been opened up and the bleeding has been stopped. The abdomen has also been opened up and the bleeding in the liver has been stopped,” the note read. “It is the doctors’ opinion that the abdomen should be opened up to assess the condition of the liver and remove the pressure bandage. Please do what is needed. Thank you in advance.”
The note also detailed the medication that was given to the patient.
Dr. Oscar Embon, director of theZiv Medical Center, said “the surgery the patient underwent in Syria was basic. I don’t know what instruments the doctors who treated him had at their disposal, but the operation apparently saved his life. Here he underwent a second liver operation. We stitched up his diaphragm and drained the chest.”
Many people around the world like to shout about Israel, scream apartheid, humanitarian abuses and even war crimes. Reality is in fact very different, but it’s not popular to say that Israel is in fact an inclusive, highly accepting country that protects others from humanitarian abuses – including our Arab neighbors. For some reason it is more popular to ignore the war crimes committed against us and believe that nothing good comes from Israel.
At least our Arab neighbors know the truth…
Few dozens of injured Syrians have been treated in Israeli hospitals over the past few months. Read more about how Israeli doctors are saving Syrian lives here.