Palestinian and Israeli doctors
established a steering committee to alleviate medical conditions in the West
Bank and the Gaza Strip.
A March 7 meeting of 20 doctors –
10 from each side – held under the aegis of Maj. Gen. Yossef Mishlev, who runs
Israel government activities in Palestinian areas, established the committee
and named as its chairman Leo Kramer, a Washington D.C. Jewish businessman. The
committee has the backing of Israel’s health ministry and Palestinian Authority
President Mahmoud Abbas.
Kramer will fund-raise and shuttle
between governments; his initial mission includes the purchase of neurosurgery
equipment for hospitals; the establishment of a blood bank at a Beit Jallah
hospital, the organization of about 25 bone marrow transplants; and training.