Gazan children receive life-saving treatment in Tel Aviv

Even as the conflict between Israel and Gaza intensifies four Gazan children arrive in Israel for life-saving treatment.

Marwan , a four-year-old from Gaza receives treatment at Wolfson Medical Center.

Marwan , a four-year-old from Gaza receives treatment at Wolfson Medical Center.

As missiles rained down on a growing number of Israeli communities this morning and Israel launched a major operation against Gaza, four young children from Gaza were making their way to Holon for lifesaving heart treatment.

Despite threats by Hamas to attack Tel Aviv with rocket-fire, volunteer doctors at the Israeli non-profit organization Save a Child’s Heart (SACH), worked to bring the four children – all under the age of five – to Wolfson Medical Center on the outskirts of Tel Aviv for vital treatment.

The patients, who reached Israel via the Erez Crossing, were two-year-olds Bana from Elromel and Remas from Jabaliya, one-year-old Osaid from Khan Yunis and Marwan , a four-year-old from Elshatai.

The children are attending the regular free cardiology clinic that SACH holds every Tuesday for patients from Gaza and the West Bank. The clinic is held even during the worst times of tension and conflict, and continued to operate as usual during vicious fighting between Gaza and Israel in November 2012.

Also at the clinic, recovering from heart surgery are four babies from the West Bank, Gaza, Iraq and Syria. The children are three-month-old Lamar, and one-month-olds Talia, Abdulrahman, and Mear.

“These children are not our enemies. Look, even today, they came and we are here and we are not letting the conflict interfere with our work,” Dr. Akiva Tamir, SACH chief cardiologist and head of the weekly clinic for Palestinian children told ISRAEL21c.

“Even the pretzel man who comes to Wolfson every day came especially to my clinic today to give us pretzels for the children coming from Gaza” he added. “His children are in protected rooms, he is here handing pretzels to Palestinian children.”

In the last month alone, the lives of seven Palestinian children have been saved by doctors at SACH.

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About Nicky Blackburn

Editor and Israel Director, Nicky Blackburn has worked extensively as a journalist and editor both in Britain and Israel for a range of national and international publications including The Cambridge Evening News, London News, Travel Weekly, Israel High Tech Investor, and The Times of London. She was the Associate Editor at LINK Israel’s Business and Technology Magazine, and the High-Tech Correspondent for The Jerusalem Post.
  • Tumbleweed

    Gaza children are taught to be tomorrow’s terrorists!

  • Nestor Pistor

    Cute kid, but are they all going to grow up to be indoctrinated jihadis?

    • Zal Slowix

      Perhaps they won’t , knowing they owe their life to the heartless zionists

    • mlebauer

      It would be interesting to track these kids’ as they grow up. It would be sadly unsurprising if they watch the Killer Bee Palestinian version of Big Bird on TV, and at least one is thus inspired to blow himself up at the hospital that saved his life.

  • ruthsobol

    Thanks for this very important article. This is what separates us from them.

  • brenrod

    will these children go home to attend the hamas jew killing summer camp or learn to slit baby fogel’s throat. This is a false pride, a vanity.

    • Zal Slowix

      Sadly probly yes, but i hope jews wont stoop to their level…

  • bkrharold

    Hopefully they will become ambassadors for peace.

  • British Canadian

    How observant. The Israeli’s have always pursued the higher
    ideal. When the Tsunami struck Indonesia the Israeli’s sent $ and teams to
    help. What did the Arabs do? Well, someone documented the richest nations (
    Arabs) contribution in $ to assist the victims. None of the Middle East
    Countries (save Israel) we in the top 30 countries who donated, yet they are
    the richest per capita. I guess Allah wants them all to look after themselves,
    and not Infidels?

  • Erez Avital

    History shows the power of the hate indoctrination in gaza, and the lack of decency and regard to human life.

    • elchepe

      this is not the right place for this