Natalie sends aid to Syrian refugees

By February 5, 2014Nat-news

Dror Israel, an Israeli humanitarian organization, has sent out a press release reporting that Natalie is donating clothing and money to Operation Human Warmth to aid Syrian refugees.

Israeli-born actress Natalie Portman, who is currently in Tel Aviv to work on her new film, recently heard about the operation from local friends and decided to join in. The civil war in Syria has created a severe humanitarian crisis, with millions of refugees and displaced persons in constant mortal danger due to severe shortages of basic necessities. In response to the harsh winter, Dror Israel, the “Hanoar Haoved VeHalomed” (Working & Learning Youth) Movement, and Israeli Flying Aid organized a nation-wide humanitarian drive to collect life-saving winter supplies. During the operation, titled “Human-Warmth – Israeli youth aiding Syrian youth,” 30 tons of winter equipment were collected.

The nation-wide operation to collect winter supplies began two weeks ago and was led by Israeli youth in order to aid non-combatant women and children.

The Working & Learning Youth movement branches served as local collection points, numbering 80 in total. Many individuals and groups, including other youth movements and schools, decided to join and help as well. In order to ensure that all the information was readily available to the public, a website and Facebook page were set up immediately.

During the operation, over 20,000 items were collected, weighing approximately 30 tons. The lifesaving equipment, including Portman’s donation, was transferred in trucks filled with 1,200 boxes, which will be passed onto the Syrian refugees and misplaced persons.

Natalie Portman, born in Jerusalem, arrived in Tel Aviv to work on her new film. She had heard about the operation from local friends in Israel, and decided to help immediately. Portman donated part of her personal winter wardrobe and sent a contribution through the operation’s fundraising web site.

“When I heard about Operation Human Warmth I felt deeply moved and compelled to get involved. In the middle of a brutal winter, these children have no shelter and their lives are in serious jeopardy from the cold. I am proud to take part in an operation where Israeli youth of all backgrounds are taking action to help out those whom need it most.” said Portman.

Dror Israel international collaborations director and movement member, Gilad Perry, has been actively involved in the Human Warmth Operation since its inception. As a committed Israeli citizen and activist for human rights, Perry has struggled with the difficult images and pictures being released from Syria.

“Regardless of international relations between Israel and Syria, I don’t believe that we can sit by in indifference and allow the suffering experienced by innocent men, women, and children to continue without trying to assist in any way we can. We in Dror Israel are committed to fighting injustice and violence in Israeli society, so when we see the situation in Syria right now, we feel compelled to act. We feel that this operation is an expression of the Israeli public’s willingness to help those who need it most,” Perry said.


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  • AMSSERME says:

    Natalie has a great heart.Her willingness to help people in need together with her acting skills is what made me follow and admire her.

  • GJD says:

    Natalie Portman is my favourite model and actress. I would like to join her website. Which address do I need to write to?

  • Janna Mall says:

    You are the best among the best. We love you. You have a big kind heart and that’s what made you so unique from the bests.

  • Jake Finn says:

    Thank you for being a wonderful and amazing and adorable Natalie Portman. You are greaaaaat.

  • loopholes says:

    If this is real then I have gained a new found respect for Natalie Portman. It takes GUTS for any Israeli of her high standing to reach out to non-Israelis in the region. Much less feel compelled to help! Not because one side is antagonistic or visa versa but rather the Us Vs THEM scenario tends to shun all humanity from the equation on either side. I don’t know what her personal beliefs are towards Palestinians but I don’t blame her for keeping them to herself – she’s not ready to take THAT burden on yet. However, I am thankful she felt compelled to help. That just means there is someone of her standing that is reaching out to hope.

    I hope this is real.

    • Dazza says:

      It is real, it’s an official press release with quotes.

      • loopholes says:

        I took time to looked up the Operation human Warmth, I never would have known about it had this site not posted about it. They are well established and I highly recommend them to anyone willing to donate what they can.