Monday, June 12, 2017

Share It! The Lancet lauds Israel's accomplishments in medicine

In 2014 during operation Protective Edge, the British medical journal The Lancet published an open letter from medical professionals around the world, falsely accusing Israel of a massacre. It provoked a firestorm of criticism. Amidst the backlash, the journal's editor Prof. Richard Horton, accepted an invitation to come to Israel himself. He expressed regret for the publication and indicated that The Lancet would publish a comprehensive survey of Israeli medicine.

Three years on, last month The Lancet devoted a special issue to health care in Israel. While explaining some of the challenges that remain, it highlights the enormous progress that Israel has made, delivering mostly free healthcare to almost 9 million people. It notes key accomplishments -- Israel's infant mortality rate is the lowest among 35 OECD nations -- but most of all it demonstrates the power of teaching and learning about Israel and the utter bankruptcy of the boycott movement.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Call Your Senator: Sanction Iran for Continued Destabilizing Activities

Two weeks ago, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a strong bipartisan vote of 18-3, advanced legislation to push back on Iran’s non-nuclear behavior in the Middle East. The bill is now pending on the Senate floor and a vote is expected in the next several days.

The Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S.722), authored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and SFRC Ranking Member Ben Cardin (D-MD), bolsters sanctions against individuals and entities involved in Iran's ballistic missile activity, conventional arms trade, human rights abuses, and terrorism. Directed only at actions outside the nuclear sphere, the legislation in no way violates the letter or spirit of the Iran nuclear deal. 

Thanks to AIPAC for the action alert.

To support countering Iran's activity:
1.     Call the US Capitol switchboard toll free at 844-801-9984, select “2” to choose to speak with your Member of Congress, and then enter your zip code.

2.      Tell your Senator: "My name is ________, and I’m a constituent of yours. I live in (hometown). I am calling to urge you to become a cosponsor of the Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017 (S.722) before the legislation comes up for a vote."