Palestinians who are ill are being helped by Israelis who are struggling


Despite the fact that Yael Noy does not are dressed in military fatigues, she claims that she is now engaged in combat following the attack that Hamas launched on October 7th.

“I’m fighting to be good,” she says me. “I promise.” When both sides are experiencing such excruciating suffering, I am struggling to maintain my morality. I am making a concerted effort to return to the person I was before.

Yael works as the director of a charitable organization known as Road to Recovery. This organization is comprised of Israeli volunteers who transport sick Palestinians, the most of whom are children, from checkpoints in the occupied West Bank and Gaza to medical appointments in Israel.

Or did it.

The approximately one thousand volunteers are no longer able to transport patients from Gaza, which is under the control of Hamas. In addition, four of them have been killed as a result of Palestinian gunmen storming through their kibbutzim within the southern region of Israel.

These individuals include Vivian Silver, a well-known peace activist; Adi Dagan, whom Yael describes as “funny” and who is always ready to step in and ferry patients at short notice in his large automobile; Tammy Suchman, a grandma who is adored by many; and Eli Or-Gad, who enjoyed discussing poetry.

On October 7th, family members who were very close to four additional volunteers passed away.

The onslaught on Israel by Hamas resulted in the deaths of around 1,200 persons. Since that time, the health ministry of Gaza, which is managed by Hamas, has said that the Israeli offensive that followed has resulted in the deaths of more than 17,177 individuals.

Despite the fact that Yael resides in the northern region of Israel, her parents are originally from kibbutz Alumim, which was one of the southern settlements that was targeted. As the assault continued, hour after frightening hour, they cowered in fear.

An Israeli military reaction has resulted in the deaths of two of her nephews who have been fighting in Gaza.

Yael claims that she was so shaken up in the immediate aftermath of the 7th of October that she could not contain her excitement.

“Something was broken in my heart and I said that I would never talk to people in Gaza again,” she recounts to me.

After some time had passed, however, she came to the conclusion that she could not allow the crimes to alter who she was.

She and the majority of the volunteers who work for Road to Recovery have continued to transport Palestinians from the West Bank to hospitals in Israel for the purpose of receiving treatment for cancer, organ transplants, and renal dialysis care. She has stated that she will return to Gaza in order to gather patients as soon as she is able to do so.

In addition, Yael does not agree with the notion that they should be dehumanized or compared to Hamas, which is considered a terrorist organization in the United Kingdom and other nations.

“Like us, they are victims of Hamas, so I think we should keep on helping them because it’s not their fault,” she says me over the phone. “It’s not their fault.”

We are unable to refuse to assist a youngster who is battling cancer. Our neighbors are in need of assistance, and it is our responsibility to provide it.

With winter drawing near and a large number of destroyed buildings that are now uninhabitable, she is concerned for the families that she knows who are living in Gaza.

One of the Road to Recovery volunteers received a text message from the parent of a child who had undergone organ transplantation and was six years old. The message simply stated, “We are okay. We are going to perish in this place.

As for two Road to Recovery volunteers, Oded Lifschitz and Chaim Peri, who are still being held captive by Hamas, Yael is likewise extremely concerned about their well-being.

She has the sensation that she is being torn apart on an emotional level. All of her relatives, including her uncles and cousins, are vehemently opposed to what she is doing and accuse her of providing assistance to Hamas.

In addition, it is not just members of the family who are against it.

“When I’m driving with Palestinians through checkpoints in the West Bank, soldiers have asked me how I can do what I’m doing,” she shares with me. “Other people ask the same question.”

“It’s dangerous now to even talk about the suffering of the kids in Gaza – people look at me like I’m the enemy,” she says with cries in her voice. “However, I am not doing it for the Palestinians; rather, I am doing it because I want to achieve a sense of pride in being an Israeli. If you are an Israeli or a Palestinian, a Jew or an Arab, I believe that people are people regardless of their ethnicity or religion.

There have been several Palestinian families who have reached out to inquire about her well-being. On the other hand, those few individuals who are swimming against the current and attempting to bridge the gap between Israelis and Palestinians are finding it more difficult than ever before.

It has been suggested by individuals on the left that Gaza ought to be leveled. According to Yael, an increasing number of radicalizations have occurred on both sides.

To tell you the truth, I have no idea what will take place in the future. However, I am aware that both of us will continue to reside in this location, thus it is imperative that we find a solution.

Since the 7th of October, a number of volunteers from Road to Recovery have either completely suspended their driving activities or made the decision to concentrate on delivering medicines to Israelis who have been displaced as a result of the ongoing war.

On the other hand, some volunteers have stepped in to ensure that ailing Palestinians from the West Bank continue to receive the medical care that is necessary to save their lives.

Yael believes that in order for the charity to continue operating, it will require assistance from the international community because donations from within Israel have nearly ceased.

However, she is certain that Road to Recovery will once again receive child patients from Gaza, and she is hoping that all of them will have survived. This will take place as soon as possibilities allow it.

“It might be challenging. However, we are unable to stop,” she explains. “It’s my mission and I have to do it.”–PrU