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September 12, 2013 5:22 pm

Syrian Shells Land in Golan Heights as Israeli Hospitals Treat Victims of War

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The fighting in Syria, as seen from Israel. Photo: Tsuri Cohen-Arazi/ Tazpit News Agency.

JNS.orgThree Syrian mortar shells fell near the Israel-Syria border in the southern Golan Heights on Thursday. The shells landed in Israel accidentally, the Israel Defense Forces said.

While there are no reports of injuries or damage resulting from the shells on Thursday, wounded Syrians continue being admitted for treatment in Israeli hospitals. Most recently, a Syrian man with a wound to his head, a one-year-old, and a 10-month old were admitted to Western Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, according to the Jerusalem Post and Israel Radio.

A total of 85 Syrians have been treated in the Nahariya hospital so far during the Syrian civil war, while the Ziv Medical Center in Safed has treated several dozen Syrians.

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  • Lawrence Kulak

    sorry PAK, even if I did leave out part of the saying, you don’t have to treat enemy soldiers who are possible war criminals in order to not be only for yourself. That is like saying that you have to befriend the entire world or else live like a hermit. And as far as ethics are concerned, go try and teach that to an Arab. Ron Arad has been reportedly languishing in a Damascus jail for decades but because freeing him poses too risky an operation for Israeli commandos, he is being left to die (if he is not already dead) You see, the Arabs also have certain laws that prohibit indiscriminate killing. And the fact that torture is so much fun for them, of course has nothing to do with it. Get a life.

    • PAK

      The portion of the Pirke Avot that you left out is tremendously important, and there is a reason that in English the book is called “Ethics of the Fathers.” To put it bluntly, if you are only for yourself, then you are soul-less. And if I thought for a moment that yours is the general attitude of Israelis and/or diaspora Jews, then I’d have to conclude that Israel is lost. Be a better man than Israel’s enemies, which does not been not taking precautions, but does mean being humane.

  • Lawrence Kulak

    Ok where the Hell is Rabbi Boteach when you really need him. Now this story bothers the hell out of me. Why is Israel using it own resources to treat Syrian war victims when its chief – Assad has probably just gassed 1500 of its own citizens to death. I feel that there is an issue of complicity by treating these soldiers because there is no way of knowing which ones took part in that atrocity. Aside from this very serious issue is the issue of why Israel must use its resources to treat an enemy army which one day could likely turn on it. This is not the rules of war which may obligate a nation to treat soldiers who have surrendered or have been captured wounded. These are enemy soldiers who have no connection to Israel whatsoever! Can you imagine Israel treating a Syrian soldier after the Yom Kippur War who had been involved in mutilating and torturing Jewish Soldiers on the Golan Heights. Israel ignores the first ethical rule of the Torah: “If I am not for myself who will be? And when, if not now. I hate to say it but it is a country full of imbeciles! How dare you cuddle with your enemy! Kahane Z’tl knew better than this.

    • PAK

      You left out part of the saying: “And if I am only for myself, who am I?” Applies here don’t you think? Or as my mother used to say, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” Sorry, but treating all who reach the cease-fire line between Israel and Syria and need medical care is the ethical thing to do.