Editor of medical journal that published anti-Israel letter visits Haifa hospital

Rambam Health Care Campus patients are transported to the Haifa-based facility's fortified underground hospital. Credit: Rambam Health Care Campus.

(JNS.org) The Rambam Health Care Campus (RHCC) in the northern Israeli city of Haifa is hosting a series of meetings this week with Richard Horton, editor of the British medical journal The Lancet, which came under fire this summer for publishing an open letter signed by 24 doctors and scientists who accused Israel of a "massacre" as well as a "ruthless assault of unlimited duration, extent, and intensity" in Gaza.

The Israeli hospital said it invited Horton in order to showcase the diversity of the facility’s staff and patients as well as the medical cooperation regularly taking place between RHCC and the Palestinian Authority in order to treat patients in Gaza and the West Bank. In addition to treating Gazan patients and training Palestinian physicians, the hospital is receiving wounded Syrian refugees. Recently, RHCC doctors conducted a successful kidney transplant on a 14-year-old boy from Gaza.

RHCC is proving that medicine has “no borders,” Prof. Rafi Beyar, the director of RHCC, recently told JNS.org. Many of the hospital’s Gazan patients are children facing cancer and kidney diseases. “These kids don’t have any other solutions,” Beyar said.

In a statement on Horton's visit, Beyar said Tuesday that the Lancet editor "will be quite impressed and will learn that Israel’s public health system does its very best to genuinely care for its neighbors, that multiculturalism and medical education is extended to health care professionals in the Palestinian Authority, and he will observe Rambam’s exceptional openness and scientific representatives, on behalf of the state of Israel for the development of global research and medicine."

Posted on September 30, 2014 .