Friday, May 18, 2007

18-May-07: Sick, in the medical sense of the word

We're indebted to our friend David Frankfurter for this insightful comment on a little-reported disgrace this week (the background is here).

David's Letter from Israel blog is always worth reading. Here's what he posted yesterday:
Clean bill of health? It is rare that one of the so-called "human rights" NGOs that support Palestinian terror are openly exposed. Watchdog NGO Monitor has reported the tendency of Medecins sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) "members [to] exploit this NGO for political goals including unsupported attacks on Israel in contradiction to the pledge to maintain independence from political powers." Of particular concern to NGO Monitor is the specialist's diagnosis: Israeli actions degrade Palestinian health care. Of course, Palestinian violence and terror that make the protective actions necessary do not form part of the medical record. It seems that the mental and physical health of Israeli civilians does not even get an appointment.
Today, Albawaba Middle East news service reports: Medecins sans Frontieres has been infected by the terror virus.
Palestinian charged with plan to kill Olmert
17-05-2007 , 09:12 GMT
A Palestinian man was charged Thursday in Jerusalem District Court with gathering intelligence as part of a plan to assassinate Israel's Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Masa'b Bashir, a 25-year-old resident of Dir el-Balah in the Gaza Strip, has a valid entry permit into Israel due to his work with the organization "Doctors without Borders," the Tel Aviv-based Haaretz newspaper reported. The planning for the assassination was conducted at the initial level only, and did not become operational, the report added. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) activists in Dir el-Balah allegedly recruited Bashir, and dispatched him to gather intelligence on the security arrangements at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem. He visited the site several times, and informed his PFLP handlers that the tight security would not permit the successful assassination of Olmert. At a later stage, the PFLP decided to kill an Israeli working in archeological excavations in East Jerusalem. As part of that plan, Bashir allegedly underwent training in martial arts and firing a handgun.
Instead of their ongoing negative prognosis, Medicines sans Frontiers would be better giving a second opinion on the free medical treatment Israeli hospitals and doctors so frequently provide our Palestinian Arab neighbours.
To David's comments we would add these:
  1. Anyone with a sick child in this country, and who who regularly visits Israeli pediatric wards -- and that unfortunately includes the writers of this blog -- knows what the foreign reporters and visiting politicians never seem to know: that the number of Arab families seeking and getting the best possible medical care in the entire region are greatly over-represented in those wards, far out of proportion to their numbers in Israeli society. Whom does this bother? No-one, certainly not Israelis. In Jerusalem, where our youngest child has needed prolonged hospital care almost all her life, we can report from personal knowledge that in the children's wards you will routinely see close to half or more than half of the patients, and the same proportion of families and visitors, drawn from the Arab segments of Israeli society. So what? So what does this tell you about the "genocidal" designs of Israeli against Arabs in general and Pal-Arabs in particular?
  2. For people wanting to let MSF know how they feel, knowing that a MSF doctor is an active Jew-hating terrorist, here are some contact details.
Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders)Rue de Lausanne 78 (CP 116)
1211Geneva 21 Switzerland
Tel: +41 (22) 849.84.00
Fax: +41 (22) 849.84.04
Media contacts:
Aymeric Péguillan (fr/en/es)
Tél: +41 (0) 22 849 84 87 Mobile: +41 (0) 79 784 57 32
Aurélie Grémaud (fr/en)
Tél: +41 (0) 22 849 84 49 Mobile: 00 33 6 62 87 27 48
Raphael Weber (de/en/fr)
Tel. + 41 (0) 44 385 94 41 Mobile: +41 (0) 79 206 46 58

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