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GW for Israel fosters dialogue and fundraises for Syrians

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GW for Israel fosters dialogue and fundraises for Syrians

"Sweets for Syria" raises almost $1,000

Shanni Alon

12.6.17

In the holiday spirit of giving, GW for Israel (GWI), a non-partisan, pro-Israel student organization that promotes education on Israeli history, culture, politics, and a deeper understanding of nuances in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has been fundraising on campus this past month to support humanitarian efforts that help Syrian refugees. GWI is donating the funds raised to two Israeli organizations: Amaliah and Just Beyond Our Border. These organizations are nonprofits, which provide direct humanitarian and medical relief to Syrian civilians.

"We really wanted this campaign to serve as a means to better educate the community about what happens in Israel, especially the humanitarian nature of the country."

GWI has been fundraising this holiday season to both help the Syrian people suffering, but also to educate the community on both the Syrian Civil War, which is going into its seventh year, and the efforts Israel is taking to help their neighbors.

"Many people don't know that Israel is involved in the Syrian crisis, but every day Israeli NGO's, the government, and the Israeli defense force treat Syrians in Israeli hospitals, provide medical relief to the wounded in Syria, and help Syrian refugees who have fled the region and are residing in other Mediterranean countries," stated Max Webb, a freshman representative on the board of GWI.

The final event GWI is hosting to fundraise is a profit-share with the Captain Cookie truck, which will be parked outside the Marvin Center, on December 6 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

This fundraiser has allowed GWI to highlight and explain the nuances of Israel and the region that aren't usually the forefront of conversations on college campuses. "We really wanted this campaign to serve as a means to better educate the community about what happens in Israel, especially the humanitarian nature of the country," Webb commented.

At first, GWI hoped to raise $500 dollars, but due to such positive response from GW they have exceeded their original expectations raising almost $700 and are hoping to raise $1,000 by the end of the holiday season.

"The response to our campaign has been phenomenal. So many member of our organization came out to volunteer with us and we were also able to engage a large portion of the GW community. People have been so interested to learn more about what we are doing, the organizations we are working with, and about Israel as a whole," Webb stated in an email.




GWI has hosted three events in the past few weeks including a profit-share with the Brooklyn Sandwich Co. food truck-- a Kosher food truck started by a GW student. As part of their "Sweets for Syria" campaign GWI tabled in the basement of District House handing out sweets and encouraging dialogue and also sold Krispy Kreme donuts outside the Foggy Bottom Metro Station during the morning rush hour interacting with the Foggy Bottom and D.C. community.

The final event GWI is hosting to fundraise is a profit-share with the Captain Cookie truck, which will be parked outside the Marvin Center, on December 6 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Donations can be made to GWI's venmo account: @GW-4Israel.

This is by no means a demand to support this cause, but rather to highlight just one of the various ways GW organizations and individuals are giving.