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Former President Peres ‘Moving Both Hands,’ Slow Improvement Continues

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Doctors at Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer near Tel Aviv say former President Shimon Peres is starting to get a little stronger.

The elder statesman showed more improvement in his condition late Sunday night and again on Monday.

Sources at the hospital said Israel’s ninth president was able to move both of his hands, and that he was able to respond to simple instructions from the doctors as well.

But Peres remains in serious, albeit stable condition seven days after having suffered a major cerebral hemorrhage.

Nevertheless, doctors said the fact that Peres can move both of his hands may mean it’s possible the 93-year-old former president may not have suffered damage to the left side of his brain.

Hana Levi Julian

Doctors Plan Strike at Israeli Public Hospitals

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

If you are planning elective surgery or any kind of hospital-based procedure this week, you may want to reconsider your scheduling.

Israeli doctors in public hospitals are planning to strike this coming Thursday if demands for budget supplements from the Health Ministry for additional staffing are not met.

The doctors are also concerned about the possibility that Health Minister Yaacov Litzman may issue a ban against department heads that could stop them from maintaining a private practice. However, Litzman has told media that he has decided not to move ahead with such a ban.

If the strike actually takes place — which does not always happen due to last-minute negotiations or Labor Court action — the hospitals are expected to operate on a Shabbat schedule. This means that elective surgeries and non-emergency treatments will be delayed or deferred altogether.

Hana Levi Julian

Of Hospitals, Doctors And Nurses

Monday, June 6th, 2016

This column has brought to life some of the heroes and heroines who labored to bring dreamers to the shores of Israel, who built the army and the navy, and who gave their young lives to the fledgling homeland. Their sacrifices are priceless. In this final article, we visit the ill-equipped hospitals where staff and even patients gave of themselves unconditionally. These many heroes and heroines gave Israel their hearts.


Professor Jack Penn was an innovative South African plastic surgeon, one of the first of many South African medical professionals who arrived in Israel to heal the wounded. After he had successfully completed an intricate facial operation, Israel’s senior doctors, most of whom were war refugees from Germany and who would not accept that their training in the great German medical schools of the 1920s and 30s was outdated, reacted with scorn.

Dr. Jack Penn

Dr. Jack Penn

“Ach ja,” they said, “but you have ze equipment.”

“It’s the technique you should be watching,” said Penn. “You could do it with a kitchen knife.”

The doctors laughed – until later that day when Penn performed an even more complicated reconstruction job on the face of a mutilated tank driver using a knife from the hospital kitchen that he had sharpened to a razor edge. *

Penn, a major in the South African army, had had wartime experience with casualties in need of plastic and reconstructive surgery when he served in the Battle of Britain. But not everyone treating the wounded Israeli soldiers had such an advantage. In addition, they were working with outdated medical equipment and insufficient supplies.


Three in One

In early June, South African nurse Ray Brunton established Djani, the country’s first real military hospital, in Jaffa. With no medical equipment in sight, it was a hospital in name only. In her memoirs, Ray describes the conditions under which she and her colleagues toiled to save lives. While checking the area for mines, the staff found a stack of out-of-date instruments was found buried in the ground. The orthopedic surgeon used sterilized sculptor’s tools and she used sterilized crochet cotton to sew up the patients. With few options, amputations were carried out at an alarming rate. Ray protested against this and when her protests failed, she hid the tools.

Ray Brunton

Ray Brunton

Since the wounded were brought in from Jerusalem during the night, the medical team would work through the night and then sleep four hours in the late morning. Despite the conditions, the hospital was a success. “I must say that we never, ever had a septic case; in fact nothing went wrong. The Lord was on our side, and nobody else,” writes Ray.

With Djani up and running, Ray was sent to a hospital situated between Kfar Giladi and Tel Hai. Fighting in the area was so heavy that when she arrived at the hospital in Teverya, no one would take her to Kfar Giladi. In fact, the staff denied that there was even a hospital there. In essence, they were right: the hospital, a prefab makeshift building, had no name.

Ray’s third posting was the hospital in Beersheva. On arrival, the commanding officer greeted her with the words: “So you’re the next one they’ve sent to be killed.” Both Ray’s predecessors had been killed in the fighting. But she was undeterred. She went on to work under impossible circumstances, once dealing with 200 wounded entirely by herself because the other staff members had left for the weekend. Happily, not everything in Beersheva was blood and gore. One night, Ray had the good fortune to deliver a baby boy: possibly the first Jewish baby to be born in Beersheva in 2,000 years.

Rhona Lewis

Israeli Scientists Find Protein in Blood to ID Alzheimer’s Disease

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Researchers at Tel Aviv University, Technion, Rambam Medical Center and Harvard University discovered a new biomarker to identify cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease.

The new study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, found that levels of “activity-dependent neuroprotective protein” (ADNP) can be easily monitored in routine blood tests. Moreover, ADNP levels in blood tests correlate with higher IQ in healthy older adults.

The research was led by Prof. Illana Gozes, the incumbent of the Lily and Avraham Gildor Chair for the Investigation of Growth Factors. She is also former director of the Adams Super Center for Brain Studies at TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and a member of TAU’s Sagol School of Neuroscience. It was also spearheaded by Dr. Gad Marshall, Dr. Aaron Schultz, and Prof. Reisa Sperling of Harvard University, and Prof. Judith Aharon-Peretz of Rambam Medical Center – The Technion Institute of Technology. TAU PhD student Anna Malishkevich also participated in working with the team.

Investigators analyzed blood samples taken from 42 healthy adults, MCI (mild cognitive impairment) patients and Alzheimer’s disease patients at Rambam Medical Center in Israel. After comparing the DNP expression in the blood samples, the researchers prepared plasma samples and once again compared the protein levels.

Significant increases in ADNP RNA were seen in patients ranging from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer’s disease. ADNP levels tested in plasma and serum samples, as well as white blood cell RNA levels, distinguished between cognitively normal elderly, MCI and Alzheimer’s disease participants.

“This study has provided the basis to detect this biomarker in routine, non-invasive blood tests, and it is known that early intervention is invaluable to Alzheimer’s patients,” Gozes said.

“We are now planning to take these preliminary findings forward into clinical trials — to create a pre-Alzheimer’s test that will help to tailor potential preventative treatments. We have found a clear connection between ADNP levels in the blood and amyloid plaques in the brain,” she said.

The researchers are currently exploring larger clinical trials to better determine the ability of ADNP to predict cognitive decline and disease progression.

Hana Levi Julian

Syria (Today) and ‘Palestine’ (Tomorrow)

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

As the Syrian “revolution” continues to unravel, there is conspicuously little talk about “Palestine.” More precisely, despite the recurrent mantra of alleged Palestinian centrality to a comprehensive Middle East peace – an avalanche of warnings to Israel that has been repeated, endlessly, as if it were some sort of religious incantation – the world now understands differently. Finally, it is plain to see, all such allegations of Palestinian state primacy had been contrived. Utterly contrived.

These allegations had always represented a very carefully engineered lie. Nothing more.

Sometimes, even in the Middle East, truth does eventually emerge intact. Now more than ever it is apparent – incontestable, in fact – that the Arab/Islamic world has long been preparing to destroy itself. Now more than ever, it is abundantly clear that Israel is not, and has never been, the problem.

Ultimately, for Israel’s myriad Arab/Islamic regional enemies, the truth is scandalous. Even if Israel had never been created, these enemies would have been kept very busy slaughtering each other. Even if Israel had never “happened,” these foes’ markedly atavistic preparations for war, terror, and genocide would have been unhidden and irrepressible. Even if Israel had never existed, their lethally crude inclinations toward one another would have managed to surface.

There are several additional ironies to the blighted history of blaming Israel, most of them dealing with Israel’s disproportionate contributions to science, technology, education, and medicine. In this connection, as thousands of Syrians are presently being torn, mangled, and burned at the bloodied hands of other Syrians, they are getting treatment, in substantially increasing numbers, at Israeli hospitals. There, Jewish doctors, entirely without any sort of compensation, are capably and compassionately healing the grievous wounds of Arabs brutalized by other Arabs. The enormous bill for such medical services is being borne, without complaint, by the overburdened Israeli taxpayer.

In Israel, rendering such pro bono medical assistance to Arabs is not unprecedented. Indeed, on many occasions Israeli doctors have ministered not only to large numbers of Palestinian civilians but also to Palestinian terrorists, sometimes even immediately after these aspiring heroes and “martyrs” had committed unspeakably barbarous attacks upon Israeli schools, buses, and restaurants. On occasion, upon learning that their lives had been saved by Jewish physicians, they energetically spat at the ministering doctors and nurses.

Accounts of such grotesque behavior are only too well known among Israeli health professionals. I have heard them myself, directly from several physician friends in Hadera, Haifa, and Jerusalem.

What are the noteworthy connections between Syria and “Palestine”? In essence, what is currently taking place in Syria closely resembles what we can ultimately expect in “Palestine.” There exists, in these two intersecting regional catastrophes (one already underway, the other aspirational and still impending), a common reflection of irremediable fragmentations in the Arab world and propensities for violence and cruelty.

In a Palestinian state – in any Palestinian state – the internecine rivalries now so starkly evident in Syria could be quickly replicated, or even exceeded, by what would be ignited between Hamas, Fatah, and assorted other splinter terror factions. Significantly, some of these Palestinian factions, especially the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC) are headquartered in Syria.

As I have indicated before on these pages, once a 23rd Arab state is carved out of Israel, rocket bombardments upon Israeli cities from Gaza would be augmented by multiple, coordinated missile assaults from Lebanon. Sunni Hamas and Shiite Hizbullah would gleefully collaborate in any joint war against “The Jews.” At the same time, Fatah could fall under attack from some of its Sunni “partners” in Palestine.

This is to say nothing about what can still be expected in Iran (which regards Syria’s al-Assad as a Persian satrap) and, perhaps more urgently, from Iran.

Israel, a country half the size of Lake Michigan, one that renders massive humanitarian aid to others, even in parts of North and South America, has had absolutely nothing to do with causing persistent Middle Eastern conflict, repression, and squalor.

Even if Israel had never been formally re-established in 1948, these disabling and interactive conditions would likely still be ubiquitous and full-blown. Nonetheless, although Washington fully understands the long and scandalous history of scapegoating Israel, President Obama remains stubbornly committed to the so-called “Road Map.”

Louis Rene Beres

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