Is­rael to take in 100 Syr­ian or­phans

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BYANSHELPFEFFER

IS­RAELI GOV­ERN­MENT sources have con­firmed re­ports that the coun­try will be tak­ing in 100 or­phans from the Syr­ian war.

The pro­posal was orig­i­nally made by In­te­rior Min­is­ter Aryeh Deri and has been ap­proved by Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu.

It is not clear at this stage whether the chil­dren, who will be granted tem­po­rary res­i­dence sta­tus, will also be al­lowed to ap­ply for cit­i­zen­ship.

While no of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment has yet been made on the ini­tia­tive, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said that the plan is to place the chil­dren, most of them Sunni Mus­lims, with Is­raeli-Arab fos­ter fam­i­lies. In ad­di­tion, if their fam­ily mem­bers are lo­cated, the au­thor­i­ties will con­sider al­low­ing them into Is­rael as well.

While the of­fi­cials were not forth­com­ing about the de­tails of the plan, it is ex­pected that the or­phans will come from Turk­ish or Greek refugee camps. Syria and Is­rael have been of­fi­cially at war since the Jewish state’s found­ing in 1948 and the or­phans are there­fore tech­ni­cally cit­i­zens of an enemy state.

Over the last six years, Is­rael has stead­fastly avoided tak­ing sides in the Syr­ian con­flict, mainly lim­it­ing it­self to air-strikes on Hizbol­lah con­voys.

Is­rael has es­tab­lished a med­i­cal fa­cil­ity on the Golan bor­der that has treated close to 3,000 Syr­i­ans, some of whom have been taken for fur­ther treat­ment in Is­raeli hos­pi­tals. Of­fi­cials have ac­knowl­edged that Is­rael has also sup­plied food and, in some cases, light weapons, to mod­er­ate rebel groups in the area.

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

Or­phaned, in­jured and dis­abled Syr­ian chil­dren at a char­ity party in Da­m­as­cus

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.