Event: ‘Forbidden Aid: The Case of Israeli Humanitarian Diplomacy in Syria’


bb6d3d22-243f-430e-bb3d-5f61dccc203899cf4545-89ff-4b2a-908f-aa32d76c8efaTIME: 15:00 – 16:00, 1st March 2017



Dr Nir Boms
Research Fellow, International Centre for Counter Terrorism

Issam Zeitoun
Independent Syrian Oppositionist

For a transcript of this event click here

In the past five years, Israel has managed an extraordinary effort that has provided over 12,000 tons of humanitarian aid from Israel to Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey and Syria itself. Despite the uniqueness of the work, this story remains largely untold.

The Henry Jackson Society is pleased to invite you to an event with Dr Nir Boms and Issam Zeitoun. The lecture will tell the story of ‘forbidden aid,’ the Israeli humanitarian assistance to the Syrian refugees that was given across borders and to former enemies. The speakers, who have been intimately involved in this work, will present the Israeli and Syrian dilemma and share stories that include meetings between Israelis and Syrians, joint work across forbidden lines, and new friendships made in the unlikeliest of circumstances. They will present some glimpses of hope in the midst of the most dreadful tragedy this region has seen in a century.

Dr Nir Boms is a research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center at Tel Aviv University and at the International Center for Counter Terrorism in Hertzliya.  He is a member of the board of the Israeli Council of Foreign Relations and the  Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in Schools, and is the Co-Founder of CyberDissidents.org, a network of bloggers from the Middle East that focuses on freedom of expression and the promotion of dialogue in the region. Prior to his return to Israel in 2004, he served as the Vice President of the Washington-based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD).

Issam Zeitoun is an independent Syrian oppositionist calling for regional solutions to the Civil War. He has spoken at a number of international conferences across the world, calling for the creation of ”safe zones” – and coordinates daily with a range of opposition groups on the ground.


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