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Israel explores ways to help Syrians and Palestinians, recruits help

The head of Israel’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) has been in New York promoting Israeli initiatives to help Palestinians and Syrians.

On the sidelines of the current United Nations General Assembly, Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai had separate meetings with New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Andrew M. L. Dietsche, head of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, to discuss ways to facilitate aid to the different communities.

Specifically, Mordechai discussed with Dolan how to continue helping Syrians living in the south of their country close to the Israeli border. The IDF has been providing humanitarian aid and medical assistance to Syrian civilians for some time now through “Operation Good Neighbor.”

Mordechai and his delegation were also set to participate in Monday’s meeting in New York of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), a key organization sponsored by the European Union and the United States through which donations can be made for funding development in Gaza and the West Bank.

“The Israeli delegation will present the projects and initiatives in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip that Israel is interested in promoting for the benefit of all the residents and in order to maintain stability in the region and develop it economically,” COGAT said concerning the goal of the New York meetings.

In the last 10 days COGAT has coordinated several development projects, according to the organization’s Facebook page. Among the projects was the construction of an electrical substation in the Palestinian town of Jenin. This station will increase the supply of electricity to northern Judea and Samaria. COGAT also coordinated the transfer of a Coca-Cola assembly line to the Gaza Strip, a move which will provide employment for 50 Gazans.

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Karen Faulkner
Karen Faulkner recently completed a Master's degree in Human Rights and Transitional Justice at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. She made Aliyah in 2006 and lives in Jerusalem.

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