Thursday, October 29, 2015

Palestinians: The Difference between Us and Them


  • We Palestinians have failed to educate our people on the principles of tolerance and peace. Instead, we condone and applaud terrorism, especially when it is directed against Jews. We want the world to condemn terrorism only when it claims the lives of Palestinians.
  • Abbas's ambiguous, half-hearted condemnations of attacks by Palestinians against Israelis are only intended for public consumption and are primarily aimed at appeasing Western donors so that they will continue channeling funds to the Palestinian Authority. In addition, his condemnations seek to blame Israel for Palestinian terror attacks.
  • Netanyahu's strong and clear condemnation left me and other Palestinians wondering when was the last time we heard similar statements from our leaders. I cannot remember Abbas or any other Palestinian leader ever expressing shock and outrage over the killing of a Jew in a Palestinian terror attack, nor the last time a Palestinian official visited the Israeli victims of a Palestinian terror attack.
  • Each time Abbas reluctantly condemns a Palestinian terror attack, he faces a wave of criticism from many Palestinians. Unlike the Israeli public, many Palestinians often rush to justify, and even welcome, terror attacks against Jews. Has there ever been a Palestinian activist who dared to hold a rally in a Palestinian city to condemn suicide bombings or the murder of an entire Jewish family? The Israeli president has good reason to feel ashamed for the murder of the baby. But when will we Palestinians ever have a sense of shame over the way we react to the murder of Jews?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Social media is defeating the Palestinian intifada


Eric Greenstein 22/10/2015 



In accusing Israel of murdering terrorist Ahmad Manasra, Abu Mazen was caught red-handed • This was one lie too many, and even the international media could not remain indifferent • In an age of security cameras and videos shot on mobile devices, the Palestinian Authority has been left behind, and its famous propaganda machine has suffered a heavy blow

The PLO version of the Walking Dead: The "dead" 
terrorist in an Israeli hospital. Photo: GPO, Flash90

It was a pretty embarrassing moment for MSNBC. It isn’t every day that a journalist reporting from the field is reproached by a news anchor during a live broadcast for distorting reality. But that’s exactly what happened last week in connection with a stabbing attempt at Damascus Gate.

In case you haven’t seen the viral video, here is what happened: Ayman Mohyeldin, an MSNBC reporter on the far left of the political spectrum who formerly worked for Al Jazeera, was reporting from the field on an incident unfolding before his very eyes. Mohyeldin described how Israeli police shot a young unarmed Arab who was fleeing for no apparent reason. What he did not know was that several seconds before his report a video of the incident, shot on a mobile device, was shown on the broadcast, and it was clear from the video that the Arab was holding a knife. Thus an anti-Israel libel, which would certainly have been widely used for propaganda purposes, was immediately refuted.

This incident, which may result in another reporter entering the job market, clearly demonstrates how the current media battle is different from previous rounds of Palestinian terror: This time, everything is happening here, in our backyard, under the watchful eyes of a network of police and mobile cameras. The Palestinians are suddenly discovering that cameras and social networks make it very difficult for them to sell their narrative. Since the sympathy they garner is largely a result of their well-oiled and effective propaganda machine, the current violence may be an error with much greater significance than at first appears.

Below are links to videos showing the events of the past few days. We recommend that readers who prefer not to watch these difficult scenes avoid clicking on the links.

The Walking Dead, the Violent Moderates, and the Innocent Murderers
Abu Mazen, the Palestinian Authority president, discovered the new situation the hard way. In a speech he gave several days ago, he attempted to make Ahmad Manasra a new symbol of Palestinian resistance, emphatically accusing Israel of the “execution of our children in cold blood.” At the same time, Manasra was being depicted on Arab social networks as the new Muhammad al-Dura, a boy Palestinians claim was shot by the IDF during the second intifada in a gun battle with armed Palestinians.

But what you can do in Ramallah you can’t do in Jerusalem. It wasn’t long before video clips were posted online showing 13-year-old Palestinian terrorist Manasra with his 15-year-old cousin on a killing spree in the streets of Jerusalem, attacking Israeli civilians with a knife, including a Jewish youth who was hospitalized in critical condition. Furthermore, Israel released photographs proving that Manasra was alive and receiving good treatment at an Israeli hospital. An embarrassed Abu Mazen attempted to limit the damage, and an English-language press release issued by his office referred to “the shooting of our children in cold blood.” But even this allegation was quickly exposed when the head of the hospital where Manasra is being treated announced that there were no signs he had been shot.


Abu Mazen was caught red-handed, which did not escape the international media’s notice. Even newspapers that are generally far from being pro-Israel, such as the New York Times and theWashington Post, criticized Abu Mazen for the lie of the “living dead.” The Washington Post went even further, with its editorial gently hinting that Abu Mazen is not being truthful (“Mahmoud Abbas has adopted an ambivalent position”) and calling him “irrelevant” in terms of control over the Palestinian “street.” Even prominent Jewish journalist Jeffrey Goldberg, who is firmly on the left, wrote harsh criticism in The Atlantic of the Palestinians’ murderous anti-Semitism, identifying it as the source of the violence.

Jibril Rajoub, a member of the Fatah leadership and chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, had this to say about the terrorists: “These are their heroic deeds, the lone-wolf attacks are heroic acts. I am proud of those who carry them out and I congratulate them.” Rajoub added that since “the international community does not accept buses blowing up in Tel Aviv,” it is better not to get dragged into this, but to continue with individual attacks. He believes that the “will for the martyr,” posted on Facebook by one of the terrorists, “should be studied in schools.” Other officials on the PLO Central Committee, such as Azzam al-Ahmed, called for “an expansion of the cycle of popular resistance,” and Abbas Zaki went so far as to suggest that a “war room” be established to coordinate all terrorist activity. Muhammad Dahlan, former head of the Preventive Security Force in Gaza, wrote similar things on his Facebook page, while PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail called the murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin in front of their four small children “a national duty.”

The Evidence Speaks for Itself

Saeb Erekat, like his bossaccused Israel at a press conference of murdering children. When Erekat, who is head of the Palestinian negotiating team, a member of the PLO Central Committee, and one of the most prominent “partners” of the various peace initiativescalled on the UN to immediately come to investigate the “kangaroo courts,” he was referring specifically to Fadi Alun, who stabbed a 15-year-old Jewish boy and caused him moderate wounds, and Mustafa al-Khatib, who attempted to stab a police officer at the Lions’ Gate and was shot on the spot. In keeping with the accepted practice in Palestinian diplomacy, Erekat added that the Palestinians had begun to gather evidence in order to file a complaint at the Hague against Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, and the head of the Shin Bet.

But it appears that even in the Hague they would give greater credence to concrete evidence in the form of bleeding, wounded Jews in hospitals, many Israeli police officers, and civilians present at events while they were taking place. This may be why Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, official newspaper of the Palestinian Authority, was quick to claim that police planted the knife on al-Khatib to justify shooting (the police claimed there were two knives). After all, it is common knowledge that Israeli police are in the habit of shooting random Palestinians and carrying kitchen knives—part of their official equipment—in order to incriminate them.



Violence for the Sake of Violence

Yhe profiles of some of the attackers, which are revealed immediately on social media, show that reasons such as poverty, discrimination, the occupation, or backwardness do not explain their violence. The attackers themselves, in their authentic public statements, leave no room for doubt that theirs is a murderous ideology and hatred that is essentially religious and nationalist and is directed against Jews as Jews.


Who’s Really Violating the Status Quo?
 While it’s true that the number of Jews ascending the Temple Mount has increased in recent years, the status quo restricts the behavior of Jews on the Temple Mount, not their numbers. In any case, it’s worth noting that the numbers are small: While there have been some 3.5 million Muslim visitors to the Temple Mount in recent years and another 80,000 Christians, only 12,000 of the visitors have been Jews—or in other words, only about 0.3 percent.

Anyone who has been on the Temple Mount in recent years recognizes the phenomenon. When Jews approach the center of the Temple Mount plaza, a regular commotion begins: dozens of activists, mainly female, gather around the Jewish visitors, screaming loudly and threatening them. “Al-Aqsa is in danger, Allahu Akbar,” they call out, loudly and rhythmically, in order to interrupt the tour and the tour guide, and in some cases, as the following video clips show, they have spit at the visitors and attempted to attack them.

These violent groups, the Murabitun and Murabitat, are funded by Hamas and the Islamic movement, and their function is to keep Jews away from the Temple Mount. In an interview withChannel 2, one of the activists said: “I am prepared to die for al-Aqsa and to commit suicide and become a martyr for it.” Only last month, before the Jewish holidays, it was reported that activists from these organizations stay overnight on the Temple Mount complex in order to ”prevent the Jews from entering.”

Thus, the Jews enter the complex frightened, in small groups, and with heavy police security. All of them are accompanied by waqf officials, who monitor every movement by Jewish visitors and report to each other using walkie talkies. Recently, the government decided to ban these organizations and to work to dismantle their financial infrastructure. This does not violate the status quo; it defends it.



Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Remove Facebook Pages that Incite Violence

We are seeing more and more use of Facebook pages, photos and videos that promotes incitement, racism and hatred.

To report pages on Facebook go to, for example,  https://www.facebook.com/intifadacoalition/   and report the page, then ask Facebook to remove them.

How to do this?  There are 5 stages:-



At the right hand side of the page click on "report page ".



Answer “I think it shouldn’t be on Facebook”







Click on “It’s threatening, vicious….”









Click on “Credible threat of violence”






Click on “Send to Facebook for review”, then “Done”






Monday, October 19, 2015

What Is It Like To Be Stabbed 13 Times?

This is a story never reported in any media. That of the ones being attacked. The attackers, however, have no problem getting their story into the media,

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By Kay Wilson October 8th, 2015
Imagine what it is like…. to be stabbed. Most of you probably can’t.
I can. Because I have. 13 times. With a machete.

Firstly, the word “stabbed” does not do the experience justice. In Hebrew it is even worse, because “stabbed” is the same word לדקור that one uses when being “pricked” by a needle.
Let’s start with what it feels like. In my case, it felt like a hot poker being bored into my flesh and each time he tugged out the serrated knife, I had the sensation that my bare skin was being raked over with razors. Maybe it would be easier for you to understand if I said it was a pain that felt like my finger nails were being ripped off, over and over again.
Then there is the adrenalin. This makes a body tremble, yet conversely it makes it heavy. It’s rather like the moment when we only just escape being in a car wreck or the sensation you feel when you are looking down from the edge of a cliff. It’s like that. Your stomach turns and your blood drains from your head. It feels like this is happening, over and over again.
When the “stabbing” is over, there is the cold, the biting cold – due to shock. I remember even the warm December sun felt like ice on my flesh. Every “stabbing” survivor will have felt the cold of death.
Then there is the beating. He was hitting, smashing, pummeling, thumping me so hard. He broke over 30 bones. Many “stabbing” survivors have broken bones because of the force with which the attacker plunges the knife into their prey.
Then there are the visuals. In my case, I watched for half an hour two sadistic men, (who were once little boys) waving their machetes in the air, teasing us by putting it across their own throats. I remember the sun glinting off the knife, sparkling, flashing in the forest. I remember his dark eyes, dead eyes, indifferent with the sheer boredom of the up-and-coming execution of two innocent, defenseless women. Most of the recent victims did not face their attackers for half and hour, but even a second is enough – seeing that madness on their face, seeing that knife coming towards them – it’s enough; believe me, it’s enough. And watching someone being murdered, is a “sacred” experience, in the sense that you are seeing something that we were not born to see. This is the hardest emotion to even begin to describe. It will take me the rest of my life to articulate what it does to a person.
Then there is the taste. A dry mouth: an instant reaction that comes with shock. In my case when he knocked me to the ground, I landed on my face so there was blood in my mouth. There was also bile – one often throws up under extreme fear. I can guarantee that the “stabbing” survivors all had a dry mouth and some may have tasted bile.
Then there are the sounds: I heard my bones crunch. I heard my flesh rip. I heard him grunt and pant as he tried to beat me to death and hack me up with his meat cleaver. I heard them scream Allah HuAkbar, I heard myself say “Shema Israel,” and I heard my Christian friend whimper “Jesus help me.” It is terrible to be so helpless and hear someone you love, pray, scream and beg for their lives. It is a terrible thing to hear yourself do the same. Many of the latest “stabbing” survivors have also had the horror of helplessly watching those that they love be murdered in front of their eyes. Many have experienced the loss of self-dignity that comes with begging for your life.
There is more to being “stabbed” than meets the eye. I am sharing what it is like, not to invoke sympathy for myself, but rather arouse compassion and a desire to help the growing, daily number of Jewish people who are experiencing to some degree what I did. These are people whose lives will never be the same again, no matter how lightly, moderately or seriously wounded they are.
This is terrorism.

And this, for the survivor, is only the beginning…..

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Continued Incitement creates continuation of terror

With continuing incitement by the Palestinian hierarchy, it should be no surprise that attacks on Israeli citizens are happening.

Here are just some examples of what is circulating in the Palestinian areas:-









Further, the video below makes it clear the depths of depravity in creating a culture of hate.

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Palestinians enjoy sharing pictures of dead Israelis

 
Picture of murdered young couple is “most significant”
and the attack brings “expressions of joy” to Palestinians
 
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

Palestinians have been celebrating the murder of Israelis by distributing the pictures of the killed Israelis and the terror scenes on Twitter and Facebook, according to the official PA daily. The “most significant” picture is that of the dead young Israeli couple Naama and Eitam Henkin who were murdered in front of their four children last week. According to the PA daily, the killing of the couple brings “joy” to Palestinians who see the killing as “heroic”. 

“Palestinian users of the social networks Facebook and Twitter posted pictures from the scene of the settlement Itamar operation (i.e., terror attack murder of Naama and Eitam Henkin in front of their four children) south of Nablus, the most significant being the picture of the killed woman settler and her husband, alongside expressions of joy over the operation which they described as “heroic.” [Palestinian] citizens expressed their joy over this event.”
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 2, 2015]

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Palestinian Incitement and Terrorism

The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling Palestinian youth to murder Jews. The culture of hate in the Palestinian media, schools and social networks, together with the statements of Palestinian leaders, has reached new and gruesome heights.


Main Messages

·       The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling Palestinian youth to murder Jews. The incitement includes the propagation of false claims against Israel, in particular about the status quo on the Temple Mount. The culture of hate in the Palestinian media, schools and social networks, together with the statements of Palestinian leaders, has reached new and gruesome heights.

·       The Palestinian Authority, including its chairman Mahmoud Abbas, are using inflammatory Islamic rhetoric to spread false and malicious claims against Israel, and treat those who engage in the murder of Israelis as heroes. These statements amount to official incitement to violence and can only serve to exacerbate the situation.

·       Radical Islamists are bringing explosive devices, Molotov cocktails and other weaponry onto the Temple Mount, thus deliberately desecrating, damaging and endangering the holy site and turning it into a battle field. The militarization of a site revered by all should be universally condemned. The aim of these elements is to change the status quo and to prevent visits by non-Muslims on the Mount.

·       Israel is making every effort to restore calm.

·       Israel guarantees freedom of worship in Jerusalem for members of all faiths and is strongly committed to maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount. Israel has never made any attempt to change the status quo, and any claim to the contrary is a lie.

·       The status quo protects the right of Muslims to pray on the Temple Mount, as well as the freedom of all people, whether Muslims, Christians, Jews or others, to visit the Mount. Visits to the Temple Mount over the past year included nearly 4,000,000 entries by Muslims, about 200,000 entries by Christians, and about 12,000 entries by Jews.

·       Israel remains committed to dialogue with the Palestinian leadership and would like to see the renewal of direct peace talks as soon as possible.



Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Media Continues with its Agenda

Tamar Sternthal..CAMERA Media Analyses.

06 October '15..

In the article today ("Dispute Over a Burial Reveals Palestinian Divisions") about internal Palestinian disagreement about the location of Fadi Alon's upcoming burial, The New York Times once again buries Palestinian violence.

In the second paragraph, reporters Diaa Hadid and Rami Nazzal identify Fadi Alon as "21, shot dead the day before by the Israeli police."

It is only in the fourteenth paragraph that Hadid, a former writer for Electronic Intifada, and Nazzal give readers a clue about why Israeli police shot Alon. They write:

Mr. Alon was fatally shot by police officers early Sunday after he stabbed and wounded a 15-year-old Jewish boy on a road outside the Old City, according to the police. A video clip showed Mr. Alon being shot, apparently as he was trying to flee, with Israeli civilians in pursuit and shouting "Shoot him!"

Thus, when Hadid and Nazzal finally do belatedly acknowledge Alon's violent attack, they cast it as an Israeli police claim. Alon stabbed his unnamed Israeli victim, "according to the police," but Alon was simply "shot dead," without any qualification. (For the record, the name of Alon's 15-year-old victim is Moshe Malka. His name does not appear once in any Times coverage.)

The Times again minimizes Palestinian violence in the following paragraph:

Mr. Alon was the second of four Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since Thursday, when Palestinian gunmen killed a Jewish couple near a settlement in the occupied West Bank, leaving their young children orphans.

The article does not make clear that including the would-be murderer Fadi Alon, three and maybe four of the Palestinian fatalities were engaged in violence as they were killed. Among them are Muhannad Halabi, the 19-year-old terrorist who stabbed to death Aharon Banita, 22, and Nehemia Lavi, 41, and who injured Banita's wife Adele, and their two-year-old child as well.

(A video -- scroll to end of article here -- is available of that attack as well, at the end of which a Palestinian onlooker can be seen casually sipping a soft drink as Adele screamed and ran for help and for her life, her two small children left at the scene of the murder of husband and Lavi. But while The Times dedicates ink to video of Israeli civilians shouting "Shoot him" with regard to a fleeing Palestinian who just tried to murder a teenager, the paper of record ignores video of a Palestinian completely unmoved by the pleas of a woman to save the life of her small children and herself.)

The third Palestinian engaged in violence as he was killed was Huthayfa Soliman, who was fatally shot by Israeli forces near Tulkarem yesterday as he and others threw firebomb, firecrackers and rocks at them.

The circumstances concerning the fourth slain Palestinians, Abdul-Rahman Obeidallah, 15, are less clear. A separate article, also by Hadid, which appears today in the print edition of the international edition of The New York Times states:

It was not immediately clear whether one of the teenagers, identified by a medic as Abdul-Rahman Obeidallah, 15, was involved in the fighting in Bethlehem. . . .

According to Army Radio, the military reported that a riot broke out in Bethlehem and that Palestinians had thrown rocks at members of the Israel Defense Forces and the Border Patrol force, which responded by opening fire on one of the Palestinians. . . .

No Distinction Between Killers, Victims

This is not the first instance today in which The Times has covered up Palestinian violence by blurring Palestinian assailants with Israeli victims. Thus, in another article today ("Five Hamas Members Confess in Killing of west Bank Settlers, Israel Says"), bureau chief Jodi Rudoren, along with Hadid and Nazzal, report:

Four Israelis and four Palestinians have been killed in the last five days, the latest being Abdulrahman Obeidallah, 13, a resident of the Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem, where Palestinian youths threw rocks at an Israeli base Monday afternoon. Two witnesses said the boy was not involved in the rioting, but standing outside a community center where he frequently went after school. [CAMERA notes: This particular report omits the information from Army Radio about Obeidallah's involvement in violence.]

Again, readers of this account have no way of knowing that among the four slain Palestinians are the killer of Aharon Banita and Nehemia Lavi, the would-be murderer of Moshe Malka, and a Palestinian who reportedly was part of a group throwing fire bombs, firecrackers and rocks at Israeli forces.


Link: http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=6&x_article=3118


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Israel doctors nursed 2,000 Syrians


September 24, 2015 http://tinyurl.com/osg9grh 

A hospital in Safed has given much-needed medical treatment to around 550 Syrians – both fighters and children. Judith Field hears some of their stories…

 Thousands of Syrian refugees have fled the country, including injured fighters and children

Over the past two-and-a-half years, around 2,000 injured Syrian fighters and civilians have crossed the border into Israel and been admitted to Israeli hospitals. Most are men, but up to 17 percent are children.

Since the start of the civil war in Syria in 2011, 70 percent of the country’s medical community has been killed or fled and many healthcare facilities have been damaged or destroyed. Six- and-a-half million people have been displaced to neighbouring countries where they live in semi-permanent refugee camps with only basic hospital facilities.

The closest Israeli hospital to the Syrian border – around 40 minutes away in a fast ambulance – is the Ziv Medical Centre in Safed, a university 331-bedded hospital owned and funded by the government. It is the only hospital serving the 250,000 residents of the Upper Galilee and northern Golan Heights and has treated about 550 Syrians to date.
Learning to walk (Identities have been hidden for their safety)

“It all started one night in February 2013,” said Professor Anthony Luder, director of paediatrics. “An IDF ambulance pulled up at the emergency department and staff were astonished to see inside a group of injured Syrian fighters.”

Although the Israeli Defence Ministry described this as an isolated event in which Syrians were being treated as exceptional cases, more soon arrived and what started as a trickle of patients has become a steady flow. IDF patrols pick up the wounded at UN transfer points on the border on the Golan, or in places where the fence is absent or minimal. Staff at the hospital do not know where the patients come from, nor do they want to. “We’re doctors and they are our patients. All we want to do is to treat them,” said Professor Luder.

Patients might be suffering blast or shrapnel injury, gunshot wounds or a combination of these and other traumas. Treating such people, often with massive injuries, has its own challenges, not least of which is trying to work out what has happened.

“Only two have arrived with any sort of information: blood-stained notes pinned to their blankets. Often diagnosis involves guesswork,” he explained.

Some patients, while not injured, are still victims of the breakdown of the Syrian medical system. “A young girl was admitted with a massive ovarian tumour,” Professor Luder said. “We removed the tumour but the reality was that, if we sent her back to Syria, she would receive no treatment. So we kept her at Ziv for three months’ chemotherapy, and then sent her to a summer camp for Israeli children with cancer.” 
Patient with medical clown (Identities have been hidden for their safety)

It takes time for staff to gain the trust of the Syrian patients, and there is a language barrier, although the staff are of multiple ethnicities, matching the make-up of the local community: Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, Circassians and Bedouins. After a while, the patients begin to talk to the Arab and Arabic-speaking nurses. Many patients are terrified, having been told that Israelis are devils. One man, for example, refused to take his sheet off his face for a week.

The new head of the hospital held a meeting at which it was agreed more or less by all to continue treating Syrians. Staff felt they had a professional imperative to do so and that it might help build bridges. It would also develop their skills for use should they need to treat such severely injured Israeli people.

It has not always been easy for staff to balance the medical ethical obligation to treat Syrian patients with their personal feelings. Some thought: “If they can do that to each other, what could they do to us?” Others, though, felt a connection, saying that it reminded them of what Jews went through in the Holocaust. 

Many of the male patients deny they are fighters, but it is impossible to know. It would be good to be able to say that, following treatment, the fighters have a change of heart about Israel. This, however, is not the case – they might thank staff on leaving, but some still say they will be back to kill them.

Others, however, have a different attitude. Luder told me about a girl who was admitted with an amputated right leg and a shattered left leg. The local people donated a prosthetic limb. “She was discharged after eight weeks. Her mother expressed gratitude and a wish to meet again one day, when this troubled region is peaceful,” he recalled. Perhaps the children – some of whom have been born in Israeli hospitals – will share her attitude.
In military ambulance (Syrian patients treated in Israeli field hospitals.
 Identities have been hidden for their safety

Perhaps the seven-year-old boy who had been told, following 17 unsuccessful operations in Syria, that he would never walk again, will remember how he regained the use of his leg after one operation at Ziv.

Word has spread in Syria that people can access medical help over the border from people they consider the enemy and Syrians are filling up beds at Ziv. Syrian patients often stay in the hospital for months, longer than a local person would need, because usually there is no follow up treatment so rehabilitation must be started in the hospital.

They leave with a discharge letter in English and all trace of Hebrew and Israel removed from anything they take with them, often including expensive equipment that would normally be returned to the hospital.

The treatment of the local community is sometimes delayed and, naturally, people grumble. But they have also responded with generosity. Individuals and businesses have donated money and goods, for example clothes, toiletries, toys and reading material. Each child has a tablet computer to use while in hospital.

Treating the Syrians has cost the hospital $33million (£21m) to date. Although there is no clear answer as to where the funding will come from, Luder considers healthcare a humanitarian imperative. “Medicine has no borders. It can serve as a bridge between people. We will continue to provide life-saving treatment to the Syrian casualties for as long as it is needed.”