Israel is granting refugee status to 100 children orphaned during the Syrian civil war. The attending benefit is temporary residency with a path for permanently remaining in the Jewish State.
Israel’s Channel 10 reported this story yesterday, on Wednesday, 25 January.
The policy follows a decision made by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri. It will allow the children to become permanent residents after four years, with the possibility of remaining in Israel for the rest of their lives. Immediate relatives of the orphans will also be in consideration for refugee status in Israel.
According to the Channel 10 report, the orphans will be placed with Arab Israeli families.
The Israeli government is now set to liaise with the relevant international organizations to bring the children into the country.
Over 2,500 Syrians have been treated in Israeli hospitals since 2013, even though the two countries have been in a state of war since 1948.
Regardless, the IDF undertook to rescue an injured Syrian fighter in 2015; pregnant women sometimes travel to the border in order to deliver their babies in Israel; and Israeli doctors have treated young Syrian patients with cutting-edge procedures that allowed them to walk again.
An Israeli crowdfunding campaign raised nearly $350,000 for Syrian refugees last month.
Last year, Aboud Dandachi, a refugee from Syria now living in Turkey, expressed gratitude to “true friends” of Syrians, especially Israel and Jewish organizations, in an article for Tablet Magazine. Dandachi also maintains a website called Thank You Am Israel, which was created “in appreciation of the assistance given to Syrian refugees by Israeli and Jewish organizations and individuals.”
This is a lightly edited version of the original article published by TheTower.org at http://www.thetower.org/israel-to-take-in-100-syrian-orphans-give-them-path-to-citizenship/