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letters to the editor 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. Ma
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