An Israeli hospital, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, which is associated with Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine, has teamed up with Living Bread International Church under a new project called “Rescue the Child” which aims to assist Palestinian children in Gaza, as well as Judea and Samaria, by providing them with badly needed medical assistance in Israel.
Karen Dunham, the director of Living Bread International Church who has been dubbed the Mother Theresa of Israel, decided to launch this project after approaching an Israeli soldier about the deplorable conditions that existed within the maternity ward in a Gazan hospital. The IDF soldier responded by stating, “Calm down. We’re going to show you how to bring those children out and get them some help and coordinate it so you can bring them out of Gaza.”
Dunham asserted in retrospect about this incident that she knew “the Lord had done something tremendous.” She “went around Jerusalem looking for a hospital that would take the children, until she “met a pastor who said that he knew of a hospital that has great compassion.” One month after that date, the Israeli authorities saw to it that the “Rescue the Child” program was approved, in place, and coordinated with the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center.
Dunham asserted, “It is such a move of God to reach out in love and compassion to these children, who were dying and had such little hope. […]There are no borders that the Lord cannot move. Israel will be caring for children of families that threw missiles at them– this is very big news in the heavenly realm. Love will not fail. ” Aharon Cholow, the director of international resources for Friends of Assaf Harofeh, declared, “I believe that as an Israeli citizen, we always have a right to defend ourselves from any aggression. However, we will always stretch out our hand for peace and show compassion to the suffering of children.”
The Harofeh Medical Center is known as a “beacon of coexistence in Israel” and is the third largest hospital in Israel. Located between Tel Aviv and Ben-Gurion International Airport, the hospital serves a mixed population of Arabs and Jews, middle class and low income families. In fact, the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center is named in honor of Assaf Ben Brachiahu, who was known as the Jewish Hippocrates and who authored “The Oath of the Jewish Doctor,” which teaches, “And you shall not harden your hearts against the poor and needy, but heal them.” The medical oath of Assaf Ben Brachiahu is being practiced by Jewish doctors in Israel to date, who routinely overlook the violence caused by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in order to work to heal all of their patients, regardless of their race or religion.
By Rachel Avraham