Israelis rescue Muslim families from drowning off the coast of Turkey

I take my hat off to the Israelis I really do. They are a very compassionate and tolerant people. I don’t know how they stay that way I really don’t. They are constantly under rocket attack from Islamic Palestine, they are being stabbed on the streets of Israel by Muslim terrorists yet they allow Mosques in their country and treat Muslims equally. Muslims are even in positions of power in Israel which seems extraordinary to me. Islamic countries are actively trying to destroy their country and openly preach genocide of the Jews yet they treat injured terrorists in their hospitals alongside Israeli citizens and soldiers knowing full well that if the situations were reversed their enemy would show them no mercy.

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A refugee mourns her son after she was rescued by an Israeli yacht crew off the Greek coast on October 18, 2015. (Courtesy Gal Baruch)

The group, sailing off the coast of Turkey, pulled 11 refugees from the water, in addition to a dead infant.
After hearing faint cries for help while boating between the Turkish town of Kas and the Greek island of Kastellorizo, members of the Ashdod-based Poseidon Sailing Club noticed an approximately 11-year-old Syrian boy floating in the water alone.

“We pulled him out of the water and he told us his brother was missing and probably dead,” the yacht’s captain, Shlomo Asaban, told the Ynet news website.

The crew began to search for members of the boy’s family who had been aboard the sunken boat. “We rescued 12 people in all, including a dead infant,” the captain added.

“The mother said she had cradled her infant son’s body all night,” Asaban told the Hebrew-language news site.

“We realized they were Syrian and Iraqi. We gave them water and cellphones so they could contact their families, Asaban recounted. “Afterwards, we told them we were Jews from Israel, and they kissed us and said ‘Thank you,’” he added.

I love this part of the story because I have read of Muslims being treated in Israeli hospitals so consumed with hate that they not only show no gratitude for being helped but they curse and threaten the hospital staff. At least these people were grateful for being saved.

Another passenger on the yacht, Gal Baruch, said the dramatic rescue had been a harrowing experience for crew members.

…“The most difficult moment was pulling the deceased baby out of the water and watching his mother mourn him on our boat,” Baruch told Israel’s Channel 2. “That is something that will remain with me for the rest of my life.”

Baruch said crew members administered lifesaving first aid to one of the survivors, who was suffering from a heart attack and a diabetic seizure. “We gave him candy, and it saved his life,” he said.

“Let’s just say if we hadn’t been there, there wouldn’t be any survivors,” Baruch told the TV station. “It will be hard to return to normal life after this… This is something that will never leave any of us. But it’s an honor to save 11 people.”

The refugees were taken to shore and transferred to Greek authorities on Kastellorizo.

Hundreds of refugees have drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach Greece and other locations, amid what international officials have described as a crisis.

European leaders are scrambling for solutions to manage the tide and discourage migrants — many of them refugees from the Syrian war — from risking their lives in illegal crossings run by traffickers.

On Thursday, a wooden boat carrying dozens of migrants sank near Lesbos after colliding with a Greek coast guard vessel.

Seven people, including four children, died, and the body of a woman that could be part of the same group was found on Friday.

…Over 200 migrants have died making the perilous Aegean Sea crossing from Turkey to Greece this year.

…Late on Thursday, EU leaders at a summit had urged Turkey to help stem the refugee flow.

More than 470,000 people have arrived in Greece, according to the IOM, most of them fleeing the civil war in Syria.

-Times of Israel staff and AFP contributed to this report.


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