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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The New York Times actually runs a story that's favorable to Israel

It's been going on for months, but with an increase in civilians being treated, the New York Times has finally deemed it fit to print: Israel is treating casualties of the Syrian civil war at Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya, Ziv Hospital in Safed, Rambam Hospital in Haifa and at a field hospital in the Golan Heights. They're getting better medical care than they could ever get in Syria, and the government of Israel is footing the bill (Hat Tip: Tamar H).
“Most come here unconscious with head injuries,” said Dr. Masad Barhoum, the director general of the Western Galilee Hospital here in Nahariya, on the Mediterranean coast six miles south of the Lebanese border. “They wake up after a few days or whenever and hear a strange language and see strange people,” he said. “If they can talk, the first question is, ‘Where am I?’ ”
He added, “I am sure there is an initial shock when they hear they are in Israel.”
The identity of the patients is closely guarded so they will not be in danger when they return to Syria. Soldiers sit outside the wards where the adults are to protect them from possible threats and prying journalists. But doctors granted access to the children in the closed intensive care wing, on the condition that no details that could compromise their safety were published.
Like many Israeli hospitals, this one serves a mixed population of Jews and Arabs; its staff includes Arabic-speaking doctors, nurses and social workers. In the lobby, a glass display case contains the remnants of a Katyusha rocket that was fired from Lebanon and hit the hospital’s eye department during the 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. The rocket penetrated four floors but nobody was injured because all the north-facing wards had been moved underground.
With more than 100,000 people estimated to have died in the Syrian civil war, Dr. Barhoum, an Arab Christian citizen of Israel, acknowledged that the Israeli medical assistance was “a drop in the ocean.”
But he said he was proud of the level of treatment his teams could provide and proud to be a citizen of a country that allowed him to treat every person equally. He said the cost of the treatment so far had amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars and would be paid for by the Israeli government.
Since late March, almost 100 Syrians have arrived at two hospitals in Galilee. Forty-one severely wounded Syrians have been treated here at the Western Galilee Hospital, which has a new neurosurgical unit as well as pediatric intensive care facilities. Two of them have died, 28 have recovered and been transferred back to Syria, and 11 remain here.
An additional 52 Syrians have been taken to the Rebecca Sieff Hospital in the Galilee town of Safed. The latest, a 21-year-old man with gunshot and shrapnel wounds, arrived there on Saturday. A woman, 50, arrived Friday with a piece of shrapnel lodged in her heart and was sent to the Rambam hospital in the northern port city of Haifa for surgery.
Little has been revealed about how they get here, other than that the Israeli military runs the technical side of the operation. The doctors say all they know is that Syrian patients arrive by military ambulance and that the hospital calls the army to come pick them up when they are ready to go back to Syria.
The Israeli military, which also operates a field hospital and mobile medical teams along the Syrian frontier, has been reluctant to advertise these facilities, partly for fear of being inundated by more wounded Syrians than they could cope with.
Read the whole thing.  Some apartheid state....

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At 8:20 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

The Times still managed a backhand dig at Israel, "Officials have also made clear that Israel would not open its increasingly fortified border to an influx of refugees, as Turkey and Jordan have, given that Israel and Syria officially remain in a state of war..."

The Times goes on, "...But the Israeli authorities have sanctioned this small, low-profile humanitarian response to the tragedy taking place in Syria, balancing decades of hostility with the demands of proximity and neighborliness."

The Times tacitly implies equal hostility when in fact, from the day of Israeli Independence in 1948 to 1967 when Israel took the Golan Heights in the defensive Six Days War, it was Syria who used the Heights for chronic attacks on adjacent Israeli territory and settlements. Israel spending millions on medical treatment for all these Syrians is the least they can and ought to do, as a "demand of proximity and neighborliness."

This strikes me as beyond mere historical ignorance, to willful lying by distortion of facts and "damning with faint praise". In short, the usual BS from that malignant yellow press rag, the New York Times.

At 2:33 AM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

They must be distracted by the 93% bath they took on selling their Boston subsidiary coupled with the storm around Jeff Bezos picking up their competition for a song. The NYT is what? A year from imploding? When that happens expel every employee in Israel for life.


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