The Daniel Turnberg Middle East Travel Fellowship Scheme: cooperation in place of conflict by ProQuest

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Please submit letters for the Editor’s consideration within three weeks                                from Gaza spent 18 months training in
of receipt of the Journal. Letters should ideally be limited to 350 words,                             paediatric oncology.
and sent by email to: Clinicalmedicine@rcplondon.ac.uk                                                    One story of particular poignancy was
                                                                                                       that of Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Gazan
                                                                                                       paediatrician, three of whose children were
                                                                                                       tragically killed in the conflict when a
                                                                                                       bomb fell on his home. Another daughter
                                                       siasm and of their appreciation of the          and his niece who were badly injured were
The Daniel Turnberg Middle East
                                                       opportunity provided by the scheme.             airlifted out and treated in the intensive
Travel Fellowship Scheme:
                                                       Without exception they have developed           care unit at Safra Children’s Hospital.
cooperation in place of conflict
                                                       programmes for continued collaborative          Fortunately they each recovered and
There are many reasons to be gloomy about              research on their return home.                  returned home. In a remarkable story of
the continuing conflicts in the Middle East.              Their individual stories are uplifting. An   reconciliation, Dr Abuelaish placed a
The media are replete with reports of terror           Egyptian doctor had never been out of           memorial plaque to his three children,
and destruction and continue to focuse on              her home country before and was over-           together with a photograph of them, in the
the animosity between Arab nations and                 whelmed by her reception. She has now set       hallway of Safra Hospital to which he con-
Israel with little regard paid to the many             up a joint project with her host department     tinues to refer patients.
positive but unreported interactions at the            in London. A Palestinian researcher has            There are many such interactions but
Israeli and Palestinian grassroots. In                 forged several links with researchers in        they remain largely unpublicised, in part at
assessing the impact of the Daniel Turnberg            London and an Israeli now has a strong          least because of the fear that Hamas will
Fellowship Scheme we have been encour-                 joint project with his host department and      clamp down on them. But these incidents
aged by the many heartening stories of                 is working on a proposal with a Jordanian       cast a different and more hopeful light on
collaboration and reconciliation.                      researcher he met here. A fellow at the         the complex issues surrounding the Middle
   The fund was set up in the name of our              Weizmann Institute in Israel has planned a      East and they have made us even more
late son who was killed in a plane crash in            number of joint research activities with        determined to continue with our scheme.
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