Syrian Mother Names Baby Born in Israeli Hospital ‘Sarah’ in Gesture of Gratitude to Jewish State
A Syrian woman recently gave birth to a girl at a hospital in northern Israel and named the child Sarah as a way of thanking the Jewish state, Israel Hayom reported on Tuesday.
According to the report, all the medical facilities near the 29-year-old woman’s home village have been destroyed since the ongoing sectarian war in Syria broke out six years ago. As the birth of her daughter approached, the woman made her way to the Israeli border, where the IDF picked her up and brought her to the Ziv Medical Center in Safed.
“When my husband heard I insisted on going to the border to give birth in a hospital, he asked that if she was born healthy, to give her a Jewish name in gratitude to Israel,” she was quoted by Israel Hayom as saying.
Following the birth, the woman asked to return home to her family in Syria.
“I am worried about them,” she said.
“I’ll never forget what [Israel] did here for my daughter Sarah and for me,” she continued. “When Sarah grows up enough to understand, I’ll tell her where she was born and why, out of all the names in the world, we chose to call her Sarah.”
Since the conflict in Syria began in 2011, Israel has sought to remain neutral. However, the IDF has responded with pinpoint strikes to occasional cross-border fire — both errant and intentional — in the Golan Heights, and has also reportedly targeted a number of Hezbollah-bound weapons convoys in Syria in recent years.
Also, as reported by The Algemeiner, thousands of Syrians wounded in the fighting in their country have been receiving medical treatment at Israeli hospitals.