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Israel Offers Humanitarian Aid to Repressed Syrians

With humanitarian concerns making headlines in Syria as the Bashar al-Assad regime continues its brutal crackdown on his opposition, needy Syrians received an offer of aid from a unique source: Israel. The two states have been in a state of war for decades, but the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) contacted the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) about sending aid to Syria nonetheless.

Israel has sent humanitarian assistance and rescue teams to nations facing crisis around the world, while citizens of enemy states have received medical care in Israel as well. In addition, Israel and Syria have arranged for transfers of apples across the border to benefit the Druze community that have connections to both countries. … Continue Reading

Israelis, Palestinians Cooperate in Tragic Bus Accident

February 16, 2012 Human Interest, News

Medical teams from the Israeli Magen David Adom (MDA) and the Palestinian Red Crescent paramedic services worked together on Thursday to save children and teachers from a bus accident in which eight people were killed and dozens injured. The wounded were evacuated to Israeli and Palestinian hospitals.

Israeli President Shimon Peres also called Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to share his condolences for the tragedy. The cooperation and condolence call occurred despite the diplomatic impasse between the sides in currently-suspended peace talks. … Continue Reading

South Sudan President Visits Israel

December 20, 2011 Human Interest, News, Politics

Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Marco Castro

The leader of South Sudan—which was recognized as an independent state by the United Nations earlier this year—paid what was called a “historic” visit to Israel on Tuesday.  South Sudan achieved a negotiated independence from Sudan, a Muslim nation that is hostile towards Israel. However, relations between the southern Sudanese and the Jewish state have long been productive. … Continue Reading

Indonesians Train in Israel during Multinational Medical Program

November 22, 2011 Human Interest, News

Photo Courtesy of Pioter Fliter-RHCC.

Rambam Medical Center’s trauma system and mass casualty training seminar brings doctors from around the world to Israel, and recently that included five medical professionals from the most populous Muslim nation: Indonesia. Despite the fact that Israel and Indonesia do not have diplomatic relations, the medical professionals were able to spend two weeks in November traveling around Israel to learn from Israeli trauma and mass casualty expertise.

Dr. Moshe Michaelson, medical director of Rambam’s Teaching Center for Trauma, Emergency and Mass Casualty Situations, told The Mideast Update in a phone interview that more than two-dozen medical professionals from all over the world came to the multi-national training course, the eighth one of its kind. … Continue Reading

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