CNN ran aÂ storyÂ about seven Syrians who have been injured in the fighting in Syria and who are being treated at a hospital in Northern Israel. All seven were transported to the Ziv Medical Center in Safed no questions asked. With the exception of one, all are in stable condition.
What caught my eye in the story, besides its humanitarian aspect, was the refusal of the Ziv Medical Center to elaborate on whose side the seven injured were fighting for. Dr. Oscar Embon, spokesman for the Center, said:
Whom they fight for aside, the sad aspect of the story is the realism the region lives under. How many times we face situations when the help of a country could be the source of moreÂ enmityÂ or hate when it discloses details about its humanitarian work?
If Israel announces the fighters are pro-Assad, Israel becomes a magnet for Arab Street and Sunni hate. If Israel discloses the fighters are anti-Assad, Israel becomes the target of more terror by Assad, Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas. Yet, Israel helps the injured because the ethics of medical care demand it and humanity is saved because of the small gestures before us.
For once, it matters little who is injured. For once, what matters is to show compassion whether the fighters are pro or anti-Assad.