Jews Helping Syrians: Never Invited, Always Welcome

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As the world deliberates over how to respond to Syria’s chemical weapons attack, a group of Israeli Jews have been fighting the humanitarian crisis the old-fashioned way — by smuggling aid into Syria.

And they’ve been at this for 18 months.

“We go where we’re not invited,” Gal Lusky told me by phone from Tel Aviv, a few days after returning from another clandestine mission in Syria, where she and other Jews have brought in about 300,000 meals, five ambulances, and some 700 tons of aid over the past 18 months to help some of the millions of displaced victims of the Syrian war.

Lusky, who in 2005 founded the group Israeli Flying Aid, a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that provides humanitarian relief to communities stricken by natural disasters or territorial conflicts around the world, asked me not to reveal how she got into Syria.

Read more at the Jewish Journal.

Illustration: Volunteers load hospital beds into a container destined for Syria.Credit: AFP

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