Cancer is an equal opportunity disease. Cancer can attack anyone, at any age, in any place. Cancer attacks us all, every race, religion and ethnicity.
In today’s global community, doctors and researchers are working together, sharing information, to advance treatment and, hopefully, discover a cure.
Or are they?
Apparently, there is something even more important than fighting cancer: fighting Israel.
Israeli doctors and scientists are at the forefront of cancer research and development, particularly in the field of Breast Cancer research.
Doctors and patients, all over the world, benefit from the medical contributions of Israeli physicians and scientists.
Yet, Israeli participants were unceremoniously uninvited to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Middle East Conference on Breast Cancer, held in Egypt, by order of Egyptian Health Minister Hatem el-Gabali. There were no protests, outside of the Jewish world.
Nancy Brinker, founder and head of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world's largest breast cancer advocacy organization, denied that Israelis were barred from the Cairo conference. This directly contradicts reports from the Israeli Foreign Ministry and the Hadassah Women's Zionist Organization that confirm that Israelis were, indeed, barred from the conference. Rather than criticizing the Egyptian boycott, Susan G. Komen for the Cure lied to the public.
In stark contrast, during the same week, after the Turkish government barred Israel from participating, the US cancelled a major NATO joint military exercise with Israel, the US, Turkey and Italy. Though cancelling the exercise cost the US millions of dollars, both the US and NATO refused to hold the exercises without the participation of the Israel contingent.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure chose not to cancel their conference or move it to a location where everyone would be welcome. They also did not remove their sponsorship. In so doing, they actively supported anti-Semitism, as did all the participants.
They condoned a policy in which fighting Israel takes precedence over fighting cancer, or finding a cure.
The symbolism here is too dramatic to ignore.
Anti-Semitism is like cancer. It spreads destruction, under the surface, while the host seems perfectly healthy. When the disease has spread so much that it can no longer be ignored, there is often no longer any way to stop it.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, by acquiescing to the ban against Israeli participants, has contributed to an attitude that is contrary to its stated goal – finding a cure.
Apparently, fighting Israel is more important than finding a cure to cancer.
It is too bad that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure has chosen to affiliate itself with people who hate Israel more than they hate cancer.
To my utter disappointment, I can no longer support any activities sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
For more info:
Jerusalem Post: Stop boycotts of Israelis at international medical conferences, IMA demands, and Army drill canceled due to US outcry
Israel National News: US Org. Hosts Cancer Meet, Israelis not Welcome
KUNA (Kuwait News Agency): Turkey opts out of military maneuvers with Israel
Ha'Aretz: Israel Hits Back at Turkey
(hat tip: Lurker, Carl)
Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.
With love and optimism,