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June 08, 2002
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American Jews help Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism

The Jerusalem Post (www.jpost.com) reports that a group of American Jews from Los Angeles, California, has donated $3.2 million to help Israeli victims of Palestinian terrorism.

American Jews who remained silent in the face of burgeoning terror against Israelis and feared visiting Israel have begun to realize that these attacks are targeting not Israelis and Jews, but all of Western civilization, according to a visiting group of Los Angeles area Jews here last week to donate $3.2 million to help terror victims and $250,000 worth of medical equipment.

"Everywhere we have gone, Israelis have been thanking us for coming. It embarrassed us. We American Jews want to show solidarity for our 'Israeli family' - and the only way we can do it is by coming and bringing money we raised," said the Los Angeles pediatrician in an interview.

He described as "child abusers" the Palestinian parents who allow their teenage children to strap on belts of explosives to murder Israelis. "If parents allow kids to throw rocks or serve as homicide bombers, they themselves should be punished," he said.

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Los Angeles group donates $3.2 million for terror victims
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH - June 8, 2002
http://www.jpost.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=JPost/A/JPArticle/Full&cid=1022691099102

American Jews who remained silent in the face of burgeoning terror against Israelis and feared visiting Israel have begun to realize that these attacks are targeting not Israelis and Jews, but all of Western civilization, according to a visiting group of Los Angeles area Jews here last week to donate $3.2 million to help terror victims and $250,000 worth of medical equipment.

The group, which got together spontaneously at the 1,700-family Conservative synagogue named Sinai Temple and via the Magbit Foundation in LA, visited terror victims - Jewish and Arab - in hospitals around the country to learn, empathize, support, and hug patients.

The chief organizers of the fundraising effort and the visit were Parviz Nazarian of the Magbit Foundation and Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple. Among the visitors were 20 physicians from Los Angeles, plus Dr. Judy Kuriansky, a well-known psychologist who has since last September 11 counselled family, rescuers, and others at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center blasts and who hosts a syndicated radio show offering listeners psychological advice.

Although many of the delegation had not been to Israel before, Dr. Pejman Salintour, chief of pediatrics at Cedar-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said the group intends to raise "tens of millions of dollars more for Israeli victims of homicide attacks and to serve as ambassadors to our Jewish community to tell them what is happening in Israel."

Salintour said all the doctors in the group were profoundly moved and impressed by the expert medical treatment that Israeli terror victims are getting, and that they themselves could learn from treatment of burns patients and other victims here.

"We saw medical care that rivals that offered in the best hospitals in the world," he said. He wants to bring more physicians here so they can study the methods and experience of local hospital staffs in coping with terror victims. "It's only a matter of time before it happens again in the US," he said.

The car bomb attack on the bus at the Megiddo Junction - perpetrated during their visit on Wednesday - shook the participants, who proceeded to hospitals in the north to offer comfort and support while shedding tears at bedsides.

"Everywhere we have gone, Israelis have been thanking us for coming. It embarrassed us. We American Jews want to show solidarity for our 'Israeli family' - and the only way we can do it is by coming and bringing money we raised," said the Los Angeles pediatrician in an interview.

He described as "child abusers" the Palestinian parents who allow their teenage children to strap on belts of explosives to murder Israelis. "If parents allow kids to throw rocks or serve as homicide bombers, they themselves should be punished," he said.

Among the medical and support institutions that received major sums from the group were the One Family organization ($500,000), Beit Halohem ($1.5 million), Friends of the IDF ($100,000), Sela (which helps immigrants from the former Soviet Union), the Jerusalem Foundation, the Tel Aviv Foundation, the Netanya, Haifa and Beersheba Municipalities and the Shevah School, many of whose pupils died in the Dolphinarium terror outrage a year ago.

Kuriansky said her impression was that terror victims here are getting "good psychological attention." In addition to her radio programs, she plans to write articles about meeting Israeli terror victims and the "togetherness" of Israeli society in general. Kuriansky also established contacts with psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers in the hospitals and plans to return soon and maintain ongoing contacts with them.

"I think American Jews were scared to come, but it took a while to get over it," she said. "We understand Israelis' fears because we share it with you now."

Posted by David Melle at June 08, 2002 04:01 PM
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Posted by: Tiberius on June 17, 2007 02:02 AM
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