Medical Literature Alert
A Letter to Dr. Bashar al-Assad
The following letter was sent to Dr. Bashar al-Assad on Monday March 19, 2012:
To: Dr. Bashar al-Assad
President of Syria
via ImadMoustapha, Ph.D.
Ambassador of Syria (US)
We are writing again out of deep concern how our (your)profession is prevented or penalized for carrying out their humanitarian dutiesin Syria.
We understand that some fifty four medical personnel(nurses, doctors, and medical students) have already been killed by yoursecurity forces.
As fellow medical professionals we raise our voices todemand an end to your forces’ murderous activities, stat!
Dr. Assad, you are besmirching the honour of the medicalprofession, whose basic humanitarian values you swore to uphold.
The Executive of DARA
Doctors Against Racism and Anti-Semitism
DARA Answers Call for Assistance
DARA was contacted recently by our colleagues in Israel with a request for assistance over the potential for the cancellation of a major medical meeting ostensibly for political reasons.
With the help of high profile DARA members, a discussion was held with the conference organizers, and the conference will be proceeding as planned.
Over the past few years, DARA has been actively fighting against the discriminatory and xenophobic policies of nations hosting international, medical conferences where Israeli physicians are barred entry. While we have succeeded in persuading some sponsors of such meetings to withdraw sponsorship, the problem continues. Most recently Israeli physicians were prevented from attending two major international conferences: The International Diabetes Federation meeting, and last week's World Heart Federation meeting, both held in Dubai.
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DARA is now embarking on an ambitious campaign to expose Dubai as a country which practises discrimination against physicians based on their nationality and thereby prevents them from attending meetings although they are deemed “international”. Therefore Dubai should be excluded from the list of venues to host such conferences. We will be partnering with our Israeli colleagues in this venture, and will be calling on DARA members to assist us in this endeavour.