Feb. 10, 2017
The Secret Israeli Operation to Deliver Coats to Refugees in Syria – Josefin Dolsten (JTA)
Three Israeli groups collected more than 100 tons of blankets, coats, sleeping bags, gloves, boots and other winter supplies, then removed any logos or tags featuring Hebrew writing so that the refugees in Syria who will soon be receiving the donated winter supplies won’t know they came from Israel.
“I thought people would be reluctant to support an effort they would not get credit for,” said Gilad Perry of Dror Israel. “The generosity of people just caring for those who suffer from the cold winter on the other side of the border, in an ‘enemy country,’ overwhelmed me.”
The initiative, which began in 2014, collected donations from Jewish, Arab and Druze communities across Israel.