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      Israeli Camp for Sick Arab Kids – Not News

      Civil Administration's summer camp for Palestinian Authority children with cancer fails to interest media.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 7/16/2012, 12:46 PM

      Sick Arab child, father at Gaza crossing.
      Sick Arab child, father at Gaza crossing.
      Israel news photo: Flash 90

      The IDF Civil Administration hosted a three-day summer camp in early July for 24 cancer-stricken children from the Palestinian Authority (PA) entities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.  

      The event went unnoticed by news outlets inside and outside Israel that are usually eager to pounce on news casting Israel in a bad light and showing its alleged cruelty toward the PA Arabs.

      The camp was financed by the Civil Administration, reported the website of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). The activities included horse riding, playing in an inflatable jumping equipment environment for children, a music workshop and various other attractions.

      The activities took place at the Jordan Park, which contains tourist, recreation and archeological facilities.

      The Health Coordinator in Judea & Samaria, Mrs. Dalia Basa, coordinated the children’s visit with the park management after having verified that the facilities in the park and the basic medical services are adapted to the children’s special needs.

      Blogger Elder of Zion noted that no Israeli newspaper carried the story, meaning that Israel itself has done "a really poor job" publicizing the camp.