Daily Israel Report

"On Call" for Israel

A group of Jewish doctors from North America arrive in Israel today (Monday) to volunteer their services at the nation's hospitals, in particular with victims of terrorism.
First Publish: 5/19/2003, 7:49 PM

A group of Jewish doctors from North America arrive in Israel today (Monday) to volunteer their services at the nation's hospitals, in particular with victims of terrorism. The arriving delegation is the seventh of its kind and will replace the outgoing sixth such group. Earlier, Minister of Tourism Benny Elon met with the sixth volunteer medical delegation and praised their courage and dedication to the State of Israel.

The group, made up of 19 doctors, is part of a unique project in which North American Jewish doctors place themselves "on call" for Israel, with a commitment to arrive in the country within 24 to 72 hours, if needed. The doctors in the program come to Israel once every two years for anywhere from one to three weeks, during which time they volunteer their services and improve their skills. The doctors learn about non-conventional weapons injuries and how to set up a field hospital; they receive training in handling injuries from terrorist strikes and similar emergency situations; and they maintain their familiarity with the Israeli health system in the
event that they are ever called upon to quickly integrate into that system at a time of crisis.

The project was developed after the Passover Massacre in Netanya last year and has seen approximately 200 doctors, thus far, arrive in Israel from the United States and Canada as volunteers.