• Dutch Media,  Israel,  Judaism,  Opinion

    Gevaarlijke steun aan de BDS-beweging vanuit de Nederlandse Universiteiten

    De afgelopen weken kan je er niet omheen: de volledige escalatie van het langdurig aanhoudende conflict tussen Israël en de Palestijnse gebieden. Zowel aan pro-Israël als aan Pro-Palestina kant wordt al lang niet meer alleen oorlog gevoerd met raketten: inmiddels is ook een ware mediaoorlog ontstaan en wordt in een overweldigend aantal steden in landen over de wereld, waaronder ook in Nederland, hevig gedemonstreerd door Pro-Palestina aanhangers. Waar sommige hun steun betuigen door auto’s in vlaggen te wikkelen, leuzen door de straten te schallen, of toespraken te organiseren, zijn er ook mensen die oproepen tot medewerking aan de BDS-beweging. Hieronder vallen sinds deze week ook honderden Nederlandse academici: via internet…

  • Environment,  Israel,  Opinion,  Public Health,  Times of Israel

    One month after the oil spill, Israelis remain uninformed about health risks

    [Repost from the Times of Israel] Today, March 17th 2021, marks exactly one month after a large oil spill reached the shores of Israel. Over a few days, about 170km of Israel’s Mediterranean coastal line slowly blackened up with thick tar. During the first weekend after the disaster, as well as the following weeks, many Israelis showed their most involved and caring side, when they decided to spend precious free hours digging through the beach sand, filling up garbage bag after garbage bag with the black tar. This all while being highly encouraged by local municipalities, by the Nature Park authorities, as well as by family, friends, and community members.…

  • Environment,  Israel,  Opinion,  Other,  Public Health,  The Jerusalem Post

    Lack of transparency about oil spill endangers public health – opinion

    [Repost from the Jerusalem Post]  In recent days, both the Israeli and international media showed horrifying images of dead and blackened sea turtles, birds, and fish washed up on the Israeli seashores. Cause: a large oil spill, most likely due to a leaking ship, which now is damaging approximately 170 km. (40%) of Israel’s coast. Although the first oil was already found on a few beaches on February 17, the event was only briefly mentioned a day later in relation to a dead whale calf, which washed up on the shores just south of Tel Aviv. A more accurate extent of the disaster became clear during the weekend, after thousands of…

  • COVID-19,  Israel,  Opinion,  Public Health,  Times of Israel

    After the COVID-19 pandemic, we will need time to grief and heal

    [Repost from the Times of Israel] February 2021, almost a full year after Israel confirmed its first coronavirus patient. Slowly but surely the world seems to brighten up a bit again: the virus mechanism is better understood, many knowledge gaps in our understanding of the pathophysiology (and treatment) of the coronavirus disease have been investigated, and worldwide vaccine programs have started up. Especially with the latter, a small spark of hope has been provided that there will be an end to the pandemic. And not just that, but the end might actually be near. We all long for this end, and for our lives to return to normal: to how…

  • Israel,  Opinion,  Public Health,  Times of Israel

    The price of a life: More or less than the costs of traffic safety measures?

    [Repost from the Times of Israel]        Friday the 25th of December 2020. For some just a regular Shabbat evening, for others an evening with Christmas celebrations, or just an evening like any other. However, for the families of three young Israelis this was a night that changed their lives. During early nighttime hours, at the infamous Highway 4 (Kvish Arba), two cars made a full-frontal crash. Killing one of the drivers on the spot and leaving the other driver as well as its passenger critically injured.        In typical Israeli or maybe just current-day fashion, photos and comments about this tragic accident circulated freely on social…

  • Blog,  Israel

    Save a Child’s Heart – My Volunteer Experience

    [Repost from the SACH] Sometimes the best things in life happen when you jump right in without having any expectations. My weeks in the Save a Child’s Heart (SACH) home have definitely proven to be filled with many of those moments. When earlier 2018 I was looking for a meaningful way to spend a summer in Tel Aviv, one of my dear friends recommended me to join her as a part-time volunteer at SACH. She immediately got me enthusiastic about the idea and after I looked further into the work and ideologies of the SACH organisation I decided to join. As a (soon graduating) medical doctor I have heard about…