Northern Syria "From my heart, peace to Palestine", a banner raised by displaced Syrian Mohammed Al-Tahhan, after receiving humanitarian aid provided by the Palestinian people living under Israeli occupation.
Al-Tahhan did not expect that his donations to the Palestinian people 13 years ago would return to food aid after his displacement to a tent, considering that the Palestinians are an authentic people despite their calamities.
In an interview with Al Jazeera Net, Al-Tahhan explains that he was affected when he saw food aid written on it "aid provided by the people of Palestine to their brothers in northern Syria," noting that they prejudiced their wounds and shared their bread with their Syrian brothers.
Al-Tahhan thanked the Palestinian people, saying, "My greetings to our people in Haifa, Acre, Jaffa, Gaza, Jerusalem and all the cities and villages of Palestine who are suffering under the fire of occupation and share their livelihood with us despite their difficult situation."
Associations from inside Palestine have recently been collecting donations estimated at millions of dollars to support the people of northwestern Syria after the earthquake disaster, and have given funds to Syrian associations in order to provide relief support, blankets and tents, as well as the establishment of Ramadan tables and Suhoor meals for the displaced.
Donations of the 48 Palestinians to support the people of northwestern Syria after the earthquake disaster estimated at millions of dollars (Al Jazeera)
Support inside Palestine has not been limited to current aid, as a residential village worth one million US dollars has been opened in recent months for displaced Syrians with Palestinian donations, and there are other projects to build new housing units.
Tariq Ziad, executive director of the Palestinian Ajnadin Association, which collects its charitable donations from Jerusalem, confirms that there are many associations inside Palestine working in the relief and humanitarian field in northern Syria, and that donations are collected through bank transfers and civil and popular campaigns.
In an interview with Al Jazeera Net, Ziad added that "the projects that he focuses on in the recent period are directed towards reconstruction as much as possible and sustainable development and the implementation of projects that serve our Syrian refugee brothers for their benefit, and also there is a great trend in relief projects and humanitarian aid."
The executive director of the Palestinian "Ajnadin" Association said that donations and popular campaigns led to the implementation of a large number of housing units in northern Syria, pointing out that there are thousands of charitable, relief and development works, in response from the people of Palestine to support their afflicted Syrian refugees.
Part of the aid consists of clothes, shoes and blankets to support those affected in northern Syria (Al-Jazeera)
Ziad explained that there was an excellent response to the earthquake crisis, "and our associations have played a major role since the disaster, and there are upcoming and ongoing projects in the holy month of Ramadan, as well as a trend to resume housing construction projects as a kind of reconstruction," he said.
These campaigns were well received by the people of Syria, who expressed their thanks to the people of the Palestinian interior through social media and popular banners.
Nasr al-Eido, director of the Idlib National Volunteer Team, which implements projects for Palestinian associations in northern Syria, confirmed that the most important projects implemented with Palestinian donations are construction projects (residential villages, mosques, schools and Sharia institutes), in addition to emergency response campaigns to the earthquake, campaigns for the month of Ramadan and campaigns for the blessed sacrifice.
48 Palestinians "prejudiced their wounds and shared their bread with their Syrian brothers" (Al Jazeera)
In an interview with Al Jazeera Net, Al-Eido stressed that the value of the projects varies according to the campaigns, and varies between the construction of units, mosques, a school and an institute for memorizing the Qur'an, the distribution of food baskets, breakfast meals for the fasting person, sacrifices and the distribution of water and orphan sponsorships, and many other campaigns.
"50 housing units were built with an area of 45 meters each, with an annex for each housing unit with an area of 40 meters, and the village was served with a school, a mosque, an institute for memorizing the Qur'an and a garden," he said.
Al-Eido explained that the fundraising came through several campaigns that are launched in mosques and public squares, and donations are collected through bank accounts by publishing these campaigns on social media.
Fundraising came through campaigns launched by mosques and public squares (Al Jazeera)
In turn, Fatima al-Sheikh (a displaced Syrian in the Idlib region) appealed to the people of the Palestinian interior – in a video clip – to secure a tent for her after the earthquake disaster that struck northern Syria, after receiving Palestinian aid months ago.
After her appeal, Fatima received a tent, a fireplace and food aid provided by the Palestinian "Ajnadin" association, which prompted her to send letters of thanks to the people of Palestine, considering that the cause of the Syrian and Palestinian people is the same.
Sheikh says in an interview with Al Jazeera Net "Our cause is one, we are displaced and subjected to bombing and let the world down and they are so, so they felt what is happening to their Syrian brothers of torment and displacement, and the wound hurts only from the pain."
"We hope that our Palestinian people will continue to support us, and we ask God to heal their wounds and bring us together in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque after its liberation from occupation," she added.