‘Donors to an Israeli medical excellence programme refused to continue funding it because one of the doctors selected this year to receive the money is Arab, the Times of Israel reported.
The Swiss family reportedly froze the $5 million payment to outstanding young physicians, saying it has “no intention” of donating to non-Jewish recipients.
The unnamed donors, who are said to be a “family of Holocaust survivors”, have been giving $5 million every year to the Sheba Medical Centre in Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv. The programme, which has been running for the last 13 years, selects eight to ten young aspiring doctors and medical students per year from about 100 candidates for the grant.
Recipients get tens of thousands of dollars that help them fund studies and research papers and attend education programmes and conferences.
The selected Israeli Arab doctor is reported to be in her third year of internship at Sheba’s urology department and is regarded as “brilliant, diligent and dedicated”, the Times of Israel reported. She lives in central Israel, has been involved in many clinical studies, has published several peer-reviewed papers and has presented her work in conferences in Israel and abroad.
The paper also reported that the donors agreed to reverse their decision and continue funding the winners only if the Arab doctor was deselected. The hospital, however, declined the offer because of the racist demand. The report said that the hospital had found an alternative source of funding for the programme.’
Harvard loses $250,000 after Palestine event
February 19, 2016 at 10:53 am
A discussion sponsored by Harvard Law School’s Justice for Palestine student group has caused Milibank, Tweed, Hadely & McCloy Law firm to reportedly pull $250,000 of funding from the university.
The panel discussion, “The Palestine Exception to Free Speech: A Movement Under Attack”, which took place in October last year, featured Staff Attorney at Palestine Legal Radhika Sainath, Omar Shakir, a Bertha Fellow at the Centre for Constitutional Rights (CCR), and Northeastern undergraduate Kendall Bousquet.
The event focused on how lecturers and students were repeatedly punished or falsely accused of anti-Semitism for advocating Palestinian rights. Reports were read out detailing how Israeli advocacy groups repeatedly attempted to silence events and speeches supporting Palestinian rights and first-hand accounts of such treatment were relayed by Students for Justice in Palestine at Northeastern University.
Law firm Milbank, which normally funds the activities of student-run groups at Harvard Law School, demanded the university immediately withdraw from receiving any Milbank funding for Justice for Palestine events.
Milbank was under pressure from Israeli advocacy groups including NGO-Monitor demanding information in advance on the event. When Harvard Law declined, the $250,000 annual grant was halted immediately and any recognition by the Justice for Palestine Student group thanking Milbank for its contribution was asked to be deleted.
Students thanked Dean Minow and the law school for “refusing to buckle under intense anti-Palestinian pressure”, and stated how unsurprising it was that the exception to free speech extended to discussions on Palestine.