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August 30, 2016 6:28 am

BBC Decides Pro-Israel Story of No Interest to Readers

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Syria opposition official visits Sieff Hospital in Safed Israel. Photo: Sieff Hospital

A Syria opposition official visits Sieff Hospital in Safed Israel. Photo: Sieff Hospital.

Eighteen months have passed since the BBC last reported on the topic of the sick and wounded Syrians receiving medical care in Israel. Therefore, its audiences may not be aware of the fact that the provision of that humanitarian aid continues.

One of the patients arriving at the border earlier this year presented a particular challenge to Israeli medical teams.

The girl arrived at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa in recent weeks with very serious wounds that she received after finding herself caught in a firefight between rival militias […]

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Some two weeks after she arrived at the hospital, after her wounds had nearly healed, Rambam doctors discovered the young girl had cancer.

They refused to release her, insisting that they could not let her cancer go untreated. […]

And so a search began for a bone marrow donor, a search that led to a relative living in a Middle Eastern country designated an “enemy state” under Israeli law, a designation that prevented the relative from entering Israel.

It was at this point that Israel’s security services stepped in, mounting a secret operation in the enemy country that helped smuggle the relative out of that country and into Israel.”

The treatment was successful, and this week the little girl was discharged from hospital.

Rambam Health Care Campus has treated 140 Syrian civilians, men, women and children over the past three years. However, the departure, yesterday, of a six-year-old girl, “B,” was especially emotional for everyone.  Wearing a white dress, white shoes, and a little silver crown, “B” was the guest of honor at a farewell party held by an entire department, where Jews, Muslims, Christians, and Druze stood together with tears in their eyes, surrounding her with love and concern for the future that awaits her. […]

After all the parting messages, some of which were painstakingly read in Arabic by Jewish doctors and nurses, the mother asked to read her own thank you wishes. In a small voice, she said “I would lie if I said that I expected the kind of humanity I discovered here. I am grateful for your care and sensitivity; may God protect you. And we will always remember what you did for us.”

To date, BBC audiences have not been told this unusual story.

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  • Michael Farmer

    Well, the BBC IS the greatest broadcaster, so you are wise to do so. Because they are Israel and its ‘agents’ seeks to bad mouth it.

  • Ellen. Sfites

    I watch BBC news to get a view of the world that I don’t get in the U.S. News. And yes ?I want to know what’s. going on in Isreal!

  • You don’t fool me

    “Syria opposition official”… “wounded Syrians”… wow, these are some fancy phrases for simple, plain terrorists. Then again it makes perfect sense that these jihadists have not touched Israel, their sworn “enemy”.

  • Simon O

    All that effort to help a sick child is laudable. Now if only they didn’t pack all the other refugees into a prison in the middle of a desert before deporting them back to [insert African nation].

    • El8

      No refugees are being deported. Only work seeking indeviduals that have no right to work in Israel. So go see for yourself before spreading the lies.
      The saved child is one of thousands of wooded people being treated in Israel. This it what matters.

      • Reuven

        The “prison” is a detention center for illegal migrants and it is an open facility. Over 3,300 asylum seekers and migrants are currently incarcerated in the detention center in southern Israel, where inmates are required to check in during morning and evening hours but are free to leave during the day.

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