A British woman in her early 20’s was told recently by her doctors that the treatment to save her life from cancer will unfortunately rob her of having children in the future. She asked her doctor if their was a way to remove the eggs before the treatment and store them until after the successful completion of her treatment. She had read somewhere or heard from someone that such a thing was possible. Her doctor inquired into such a possibility but concluded that it was not possible. No such treatment was available. She was devastated. Even the warm comfort of her husband could not soothe the pain. What the doctor didn’t say to this young British woman is that Israel is at the forefront of IVF treatment and a strong proponent of the BDS of any research that comes from Israel.
What people don’t realize is that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement against Israel is a game of Russian roulette. IVF treatments was developed in Israel and exported to the world to give women a second chance at bringing life into the world. The real victims are U.K. women and the people who support the BDS.
Somehow it seems that people are either crazy about environmental issues or already out the door. But in truth, no one denies its importance only that once mentioned we somehow feel obligated to change our whole lifestyle. One of the goals of Focus Israel is to encourage critical thinking, educate ourselves and others and bring about healthy change.
I heard about this movie on Channel 1 news on Israeli TV. This animated movie is based on ten years of research by Annie Leonard on the processes that produce all the stuff we use each day in our lives. Although comical and humorous, Annie shows where our craze for all our stuff comes from and the cost it is having on our environment and people.
Click to watch. I know you will enjoy!
A good friend of mine gave me a book years ago while studying for his MBA in non-profit organizations at I.D.C. in Israel. The book is called Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World written by Tracy Kidder. It was truly an amazing book. Since reading about Dr. Paul Farmer and associates, I’ve followed up and contributed to various projects over the years. The amazing thing is that his quest to change the world is taking place in the most over looked place in the world, Haiti. The people of Haiti don’t just suffer from bad luck. It seems like nothing goes their way. The problems they suffer, poverty, neglect and abuse are unparalleled.
It is in this unlikely place that Dr. Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, and Jim Yong Kim thought to do the greatest good and founded Partners in Health (PIH). It’s fair to say that they have set the standard for health care around the world. But more then that, they are the face of humanity, respect and hope for all people.
Click here to see a 60 Minutes Special on P.I.H.
Thanks Danny for the book.