February 24, 2024

Government hasbara efforts to justify the IDF’s all-out war against Hamas have been poor or nonexistent. As a result, frustrated private citizens and voluntary organizations have been stepping in to fight international criticism of Israel. Dr. Roni Eichel, the head of the neurology department at Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center (SZMC), has created a forum of top German doctors who actively work to promote pro-Israel support. The forum has sent official letters to the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross calling for increased intervention on Israel’s behalf. Over 500 German physicians are networking to obtain ongoing information from senior Israeli doctors who have treated victims of the attack on October 7th and the ensuing war. Eichel, who speaks German and Hungarian, as well as Hebrew and English, believes that the forum is critical in reaching medical colleagues around the world and defending Israel’s legitimate rights. He emphasized the need to continue amplifying efforts to defend Israel wherever and however possible.