SARATOGA SPRINGS– Eyal Dror, founder and commander of the Israeli Defense Force’s “Good Neighbor” Unit, will share his story with this community during a “virtual” event directly from Israel on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. The free program, arranged by Congregation Shaara Tfille and The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs, will share Dror’s story and that of the Good Neighbor unit of Israel.
Lieutenant Colonel Eyal Dror (Reserve) served as an officer in the IDF for 24 years in a variety of positions including serving as a liaison officer in the coordination of government activities in the territories. The majority of that time, he worked with Palestinian populations. In 2016, Dror established and commanded the “Good Neighbor” Unit, which was organized to provide humanitarian assistance to Syrian civilians who were victims of Syria’s civil war.
Dror orchestrated over 700 humanitarian aid missions, oversaw the establishment of a hospital for expectant mothers in which over 1,000 babies have been born, and supervised the supply of thousands of tons of food, medicine and clothing to Syrian citizens in the hostile border region controlled by terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah. Under Dror’s command, nearly 1,500 sick children were treated and 5,000 wounded civilians were evacuated from the Syrian border for treatment inside Israel.
According to program organizers, in collaboration with Christian and Muslim organizations, Dror shaped a different reality across the border and created, for the first time, an independent encounter between Syrian citizens who have been educated for decades to hate Israelis.
He lives in the Kibbutz Sde Nehemia with his wife and three children.
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