Another Palestinian-Israel Story You Won’t Find in the Mainstream Media

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Photo credit: photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM

Five nurses from the Gaza Strip and 11 from the West Bank were in Israel this week for four days of medical training, conducted by Israeli physicians through a collaboration between Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHR) and the Medical Simulation Center (MSR) at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer.

“I could not imagine how this country would be or how it works,” Akram Abu Salah, a nurse from the Gaza Strip told The Jerusalem Post in his heavily-accented English. “It’s different than I thought. The people are very nice. You have Jews and Palestinians working together. It minimizes the gaps between us.”

Although collaboration between MSR and PHR began close to a decade ago, this is the first time that training has been provided to nurses. In the past, physicians and ambulance drivers have been trained.

Participants learned new practices in the field of primary medicine, with a focus on the skills these nurses might need in emergency situations. For example, they learned best and innovative practices for stopping bleeding, intubation and chest drains. There was also one day focused on advanced cardiovascular life support.

They trained daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the evenings, they enjoyed short social activities with their Israeli counterparts and then slept at Kfar Maccabiah in Ramat Gan.

He said his visit is supported by the Hamas-run health ministry, but he would not comment on how he would be received upon his return or the questions he might be asked by Hamas officials.

I am sure this would draw even a pro-palestinian French doctor to tears.

Alas, they may not have even heard of it, since the mainstream media has ignored this story, which currently appears only on the Jerusalem Post, Times of Israel, and perhaps a few Jewish blogs like this one.


David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media

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