As promised last week, this article contains just a few of the recent cases of Arabs and Muslims who have benefited by receiving vital medical services from Israel. These examples totally destroy the lies of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) mob that Israel is ethnically cleansing Arabs from the Jewish State. For those that want further proof, please read my previous blogs on the subject here, here, here, and here.
Again, for my sources to this latest blog, I am using only medical news articles since January 2013 – i.e. just the last four and a half months.
I’ll start with a few examples of Israelis saving the lives of Palestinian Arabs.
- In May, the Israel Defense Forces became the first army in the world to use powdered blood products in field operations when dry blood plasma was given to a Palestinian Arab with internal bleeding following an auto accident. The man recovered at Hadassah Hospital and has since been discharged.
- Back in February, IDF medics saved the life of a Palestinian Arab motorcyclist who suffered severe abdominal bleeding in a crash with a mini-bus near Shechem, otherwise known as Nablus. He was then taken to Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah, near Tel Aviv.
- In the same month an IDF medical team saved the life of a 13-year-old Palestinian Arab dialysis patient whose life was in danger due to pulmonary edema. He was then transferred to the Meyer Children's Hospital in Haifa, which specializes in Pediatric Nephrology Dialysis.
Then here is Orit’s story of her service as a medic in the Israeli army where she saved the life of a Palestinian Arab boy caught in machinery. Later on she had to treat a notorious terrorist in prison. She gave him IV fluids and medication - everything he needed, since she was trained to treat those in need regardless of their nationality and moral standards.
Moving on to Gaza:
- 400 Gaza residents were treated at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa last year. Siblings Ahmad and Hadil Hamdan both suffer from chronic kidney disease and receive regular dialysis treatment at Rambam.
- 3-year-old Mohammed has no hands and feet and lives at Tel Hashomer Hospital in Ramat Gan because his parents and the Palestinian Authority abandoned him.
- Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in Tel Aviv and an International Christian church have set-up a project called "Rescue the Child" to treat children who receive inadequate healthcare in Gaza and the Territories.
Israel must be doing something right. World Health Organization director general Margaret Chan made her first trip to the Jewish State and visited Gaza children at Tel Aviv’s Dana-Dwek Children’s Hospital. She said, “I’ve come here to learn from your excellent health system”. WHO reported that in 2012 Israel approved immediately 91.5 percent of PA applications for Gaza residents to receive medical care in Israel proper, while an additional 7.2 percent were approved pending a security check. In total, 210,469 Palestinian Arabs received medical treatment inside Israel proper in 2012.
In Israeli hospitals Arab-Israeli doctors work alongside Jewish-Israeli doctors. At Hadassah Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, there are some 60 Palestinian Arab doctors in residency. The director of the emergency department at Hadassah University Medical Center is Muslim cardiologist Dr. Aziz Darawshe from the Arab village of Iksal near Nazareth, who is also chairman of the Israel Society for Urgent Medicine.
Israel views all life to be sacred. Three young Iraqi children were brought to Israel in order to receive lifesaving medical care from Israel’s international organization Save A Child's Heart. In addition, Israel Defense Force medics treated
- Seven wounded Syrians in February – one in a critical condition
- Four Syrians in March after they approached the Israel-Syrian border seeking medical attention – two were seriously hurt
- A Syrian suffering from shrapnel wounds in April, who was evacuated to to the Ziv Hospital in Tzfat.
So many Syrians have sought help from Israel that the IDF has set-up an army field hospital near the border fence, similar to that employed in Haiti after the earthquake. The field hospital avoids having to transport serious cases on long, risky journeys to hospitals inside Israel.
Finally, Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan may be blowing hot and cold rhetoric at Israel, but his ex-Finance Minister knew where to turn when he needed treatment to wean him off dialysis and avoid a kidney transplant. Kemal Unakıtan spent nearly two-and-a-half months at the International Center for Cell Therapy & Cancer Immunotherapy in Tel Aviv, where he received Israel’s groundbreaking stem cell treatment.
I wish a speedy recovery to him, and all Arabs and Muslims who have rejected the BDS call and accepted Israeli medical assistance.
My next blog on this subject will cover Israeli medical innovations and services announced in 2013 that benefit all of humanity. I’m sure you will know somebody who will need them.
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