Aboud's Walk With Israel Page
Let me introduce myself. My name is Aboud Dandachi, a former Syrian refugee who arrived in Canada in July 2017. On May 27th it will be my privilege to take part in the UJA's annual Walk with Israel in Toronto.
The first question that might occur to some people, is to question why a former Syrian refugee would choose to take part in a public event to demonstrate support and affection for Israel, a country that Syrians have been taught all our lives to regard as our foremost adversary.
The conflict in Syria has been a steep learning experience for Syrians. It has taught us who our real friends are; those countries and people who have gone out on a limb and helped Syrians in our most dire time of need.
For years now, Israeli medical teams and aid organizations have been providing vital life-saving assistance to Syrian victims of the conflict. Thousands of Syrians have been treated at great expense in Israeli hospitals, by some of Israel's and the world's best specialists. Israeli private citizens have gone to great lengths to provide humanitarian aid and assistance to Syrians just beyond the Golan Heights. Entire Syrian field hospitals have been equiped with supplies and equiptment donated by Israeli NGOs, citizens and the IDF. It is no exageration to say that Israelis have helped Syrians in need as if we were a Jewish community caught up in the conflict.
And beyond Israel, numerous Jewish organizations in the UK, Canada and the United States have tirelessly advocated for Syrian refugees. Thousands of Syrian refugees have been resettled in Canada thanks to the efforts of countless shuls, syanogogues and Jewish aid organizations, myself included. In the UK and United States, prominent Jewish individuals have been at the forefront in advocating for increased efforts to help Syrian refugees.
In the Balkans, at the height of the refugee influx into Europe, Israeli aid organizations such as IsraAID were often the first ones to greet and help refugees making the dangerous sea crossing from Turkey.
History will record that at the height of the refugee crisis, Israel and the Jewish people opened up their hearts to Syrians in need, when they had every excuse and reason to keep their distance from the crisis.
So, how is it that a former Syrian refugee will walk with Israel on May 27th? In light of everything Israel and the Jewish people have done for us, how could any Syrian refugee fail to do so!
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