April 6, 2017 — New York, New York
AJC is partnering with Israeli Flying Aid to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to Syrians who were forced from their homes by the civil war and are living elsewhere in the country. The war, which entered its seventh year last month, has left more than 500,000 dead and 11 million refugees, half of Syria’s pre-war population. More than 6 million of the refugees are internally displaced people (IDPs), while the others are outside the country.
Israeli Flying Aid is an independent nongovernmental organization that has been helping Syrian refugees since 2011. The AJC donation will go towards the purchase of medical equipment, medicines, and food.
“We are proud to support the lifesaving work of Israeli Flying Aid, a wonderful example of the Israeli humanitarian spirit,” said AJC CEO David Harris. “In doing so, we wish both to assist people in dire need of essential items and send a message of hope and friendship to a region where, tragically, there has been little of either.”
AJC, the global Jewish advocacy organization, has long helped humanitarian aid initiatives around the world. In the Middle East over the last few years, AJC has aided Christian and Yazidi refugees from Kurdish regions of Iraq, and helped fund the work of Israeli trauma specialists treating Syrian refugees who had crossed the border, Syrian refugees in Jordan, and migrants arriving on the Greek island of Lesbos.