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Posted on 02/04/2007 4:58:54 PM PST by PRePublic
GEM ISRAEL, Multiracial, free equal democracy oasis, in mideast jungle totalitarian oppression
Israel the GEM, Multi-racial, multi-color, multi-religious society, free for al, equality democracy, oasis in mideast jungle of totalitarianism, apartheid, racism & oppression
IsraTV exclusive: Major Lee Cho O in the IDF Born in Vietnam, she came to Israel with her family as a refugee. As many boatpeople, she came to Israel in 1977 by a decision by former Prime Minister Menahem Begin.
This is Israel's Education
We Want Peace
They're to protect 'Palestinian' Arabs too
Soldiers providing food for 'Palestinian' Arabs at the height of Genocide Bombers attacks on innocent unarmed Israelis.
IDF Soldiers on humane aid to Sri Lanka's victims (2004)
IDF Soldiers deliver a baby at their field hospital founded for the poor in India
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"The West has given more significance to the myth of the genocide of the Jews, even more significant than God, religion, and the prophets...."Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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" ... It's time we recognized the nature of the conflict. It's total war and we are all involved. Nobody on our side is exempted because of age, gender, or handicap. The Islamofacists have stolen childhood from the world."FReeper Retief
"Palestine is the wrong name for their State. It should be called Anarchy."FReeper sgtbono2002
"Then let's wait and see what the Arabs do after they take Gaza. There's nothing like Arab reality to break up a Jewish fantasy."FReeper Noachian
A student told his professor he was going to "Palestine" to "fight for freedom, peace and justice,"Orwellian leftist code words that mean "murder Jews."
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Thank YOU Salem, these normal photos won't end up in the MSM.
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These photos are beautiful. Of course, Jimmah Carter thinks that Israel "is an apartheid state". He is such a dope! And the Radical Left ignores the truth. Hey, has somebody told United for Peace and (in)Justice the truth??????
JimmAH has been paid by Arab lobby (or shall I say he was OIL-ed) into using this word.
Wow! Thanks Salem. Reiterates my stance of the need to support The Fellowship and the work of Rabbi Eckstein.
Oh that Wonderful Chicago Rabbi...
Israeli Hospital Treats Wounded Palestinians
By Julie Stahl CNSNews.com Jerusalem Bureau Chief February 09, 2007
Ashkelon, Israel (CNSNews.com) - Despite the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Israel continues to treat Palestinians in its medical system, including an Israeli hospital in this southern coastal city that is helping those wounded in recent internecine fighting in the Gaza Strip.
Barzilai Medical Center has treated sick and wounded Palestinians for more than a decade but over recent weeks many more "severely injured" Palestinians than usual have been hospitalized there, said Dr. Ron Lobel, the hospital's medical director.
This week 11 Palestinians were in Barzilai's wards, among them Tawfik, a 23-year-old from Jabaliya in the Gaza Strip who was shot in the leg by a Hamas gunman.
His father, Ahmad, told Cybercast News Service that his son had entered a Fatah-supporting neighbor's house with others, to try to break up trouble between the neighbor and Hamas gunmen.
When Tawfik, who was unarmed, refused to leave a Hamas member shot him. He was in the hospital in Gaza for 19 days before being transferred to Barzilai, said his father, who spoke in Hebrew, a language he learned working as a vegetable merchant in Tel Aviv for more than 20 years.
According to Lobel, none of the hospital staff has a problem treating any patient who comes to the hospital. Everyone receives the same treatment in the same wards regardless of ethnic origin or nationality, he said.
"We deliver the service equally whether they come from Gaza or whether they come from Sderot," said Lobel, referring to a nearby Israeli town.
The hospital also treats Israelis who have been wounded by Palestinian rocket attacks launched from the Gaza Strip on Sderot and surrounding areas. Lobel admitted his staff would not place victims of such attacks in wards with Palestinians.
Barzilai is the closest Israeli hospital to the Gaza Strip -- 4.2 miles from the border as the crow, or rocket, flies - and as such, it receives the most critically ill patients from the Palestinian-administered territory, said Lobel. The orthopedic, surgery and vascular surgery departments are most in demand.
Lobel could not say exactly how a decision is made for a particular patient to be taken to Israel, but he thinks families sometimes press the Palestinian health authorities to transfer loved ones to Israel in the hope that they will get better treatment.
"Most patients that I see feel relieved that they are finally in a quiet place."
Patients may be accompanied by a family member, who is provided with hotel accommodation and meals for the length of the patient's stay as well as daily transportation to and from the hospital, he said.
Shlomo Dror, spokesman for the Israeli government office that deals with activities in the Palestinian areas, is responsible for issuing entry permits for Palestinians requiring medical treatment.
Dror told Cybercast News Service Israel maintains a connection with Palestinian hospitals and Health Ministry officials but not with the health minister himself, who is a Hamas member.
Israel tries to help the Palestinians as much as possible, Dror said. Last year, some 80,000 Palestinians from the West Bank and 40,000 from Gaza came to Israel for medical treatment they would not have received otherwise in the P.A. areas.
Palestinian doctors typically approach the hospitals in Israel requesting help. Once the hospital gives approval, the patient must be cleared by the security services before a permit can be issued.
The P.A. pays for the medical treatment at the same rate as Israeli health funds pay for Israelis. That means 40 percent of the treatment is subsidized by the Israeli government, where other foreigners would pay full price, Dror explained.
Dror related a story of a six-year-old Palestinian child who was dying of cancer some years ago. His parents appealed to Israel to take him, even though his older brother had been a suicide bomber who blew up an Israeli bus in 1996.
The child was brought to Israel but eventually died, though the Israeli hospital helped to ease his last weeks. His father told Dror that had he known that the Israelis would treat him so well, he would have prevented his first son from becoming a terrorist, Dror said.
There are other stories, too. Israeli hospitals also treat Palestinians who have been injured in the crossfire during anti-terror operations. Those cases are paid for entirely by Israel, including the case of Maria Aman, who was seriously wounded by shrapnel during an Israeli air force missile attack on an Islamic Jihad terrorist.
And then there are the terrorists who try to take advantage of the system. In 1995, two suicide bombers arrived in Israel by ambulance and then detonated their devices at a soldiers' bus stop and hitchhiking station, killing 21 Israelis, Dror recalled.
Although the security services might not agree with him, he said, he believes it is worthwhile to risk things going wrong to provide medical help to Palestinians in need.
Lobel, who was formerly chief medical officer of the Israeli civil administration in the Gaza Strip, said he has maintained good relations with Palestinian doctors for many years.
"Sometimes the relations are warmer when the times are calm and in times of crises it gets a little bit colder, and then we start again."
He said he believes the good relationships between professionals bodes well for future relations between non-professionals.
Ahmad said he had not been afraid to bring his son to Israel for treatment. No one forced them to come and they had been received very well by the hospital staff, he said.
Most of the people in Gaza don't care about one armed faction or another, he added.
"They want to live. What do I care about Hamas or Fatah? I want someone to employ me. I want to live and be able to have an income to raise my [seven] children."
Asked whether he thought there could ever be peace between Arabs and Jews, Ahmad replied: "We are all cousins. We need to live in this land as we should."
More Palestinians entering (HUMANE/HUMANITARIAN) Israel on health grounds
ISRAEL-OPT: More Palestinians entering Israel on health grounds 90% of applicants granted permits when reason is medical
ISRAEL-OPT: More Palestinians entering Israel on health grounds www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=70200 BEIT EL/TEL AVIV, 15 February 2007 (IRIN - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs ) - More and more Palestinians are gaining permission to enter Israel and East Jerusalem for medical reasons - one of the few ways they can still obtain a permit.
Behind an oversized desk, Dalia Bessa, the Health Coordinator for the Israeli Civil Administration in the West Bank, answers her numerous phones in Hebrew, English and Arabic. One woman needs a permit to go to Jerusalem for cancer treatment; on another line, a report comes in about a car accident near Nablus. A moment later a Palestinian director of an East Jerusalem hospital files his request.
"We got 81,000 Palestinians permits to enter Israel for health reasons in 2006, a rise of 61 percent from 2005," Bessa says from her office in Beit El, near Ramallah. Without those permits, no hospital will grant entry to a Palestinian patient.
She believes the increase is due to the Israeli security barrier, which limits Palestinians' movements, and a strike in the medical sector. She expects even more Palestinians to require permits in 2007.
While fewer and fewer Palestinians from the West Bank, and none from Gaza, are able to enter Israel to work - a situation unlikely to change - Bessa says 90 percent of applicants are granted permits when the reason is medical.
Karni Crossing, the main commercial crossing into the Gaza Strip, is frequently closed by Israel due to intelligence alleging imminent attacks.
The Israeli human rights organisation Gisha has filed a High Court petition demanding that Karni be open longer so that aid can get through to Gaza. A hearing is set for the end of February.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) owes more than US$1 million in penalty fees to storage companies at the Ashdod Port in southern Israel, since it is unable to transfer containers in and out of the Gaza Strip quickly enough. This is wasted aid money, UNRWA officials say.
Shlomo Dror, a spokesman at the Israeli Ministry of Defence, says that without the international aid organisations there would be a humanitarian crisis in the Palestinian areas. "We don't want a crisis like that," Dror emphasised. "But, if one did emerge, we would have to go in [to the Palestinian areas] and help. But we want the Palestinian Authority to take responsibility, not us."
Gabi Ashkenazi replaced Dan Halutz on Wednesday as the Israeli Chief-of-Staff but the coordination branches are expected to remain the same. However, work with the Palestinian side may improve if the Palestinians establish a unity government, as the military will not deal with Hamas.
Major Peter Lerner, in charge of humanitarian coordination in the Gaza Strip, explains that the army has implemented changes. "Before 2003, we had three people doing this. Now 21 people coordinate humanitarian affairs in the Palestinian areas," he says, "leading to better services and operations."
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