Iran, Indonesia, and Israel.
TIES WITH ISRAEL WHEN THERE ARE NO TIES
When citizens of Iran, the country most hostile towards Israel, seek its help, it's worth noticing. When Indonesia, the most populous Muslim country in the world (235 million), which likewise does not recognize Israel, seeks relations with Israel through other channels, it's also news.
IRANIAN BOY RECEIVES CANCER TREATMENT IN ISRAEL
A 13-year-old cancer victim from Iran came to Israel for treatment on Friday (October 10, 2008), the hospital which received him said, attracting media interest in a country used to decades of hostility from Tehran. The boy, who had an advanced brain tumor, had traveled from Turkey with his parents after undergoing surgery as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy in Iran that failed to cure him, Chaim Sheba Medical Center director Zeev Rotstein said.
Turkish doctors who examined the boy advised his family to seek help at Sheba, which has an international reputation and experience in treating patients from countries that have no diplomatic ties with Israel, Rotstein told Reuters, "He has been suffering from the tumor for more than a year," Rotstein said. " We are doing our best, in the knowledge that his chances are not very good."
Sheba declined to give the boy's name, citing concern that his family could face legal problems when they return to Iran. (Jordan Times, October 12, 2008)
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MAGEN DAVID ADOM CONNECTION WITH INDONESIA
Dr. Sudibyo Markus, the head of Indonesia's Muhammadiyah organization, arrived in Israel on an official visit in order to establish cooperation between his organization and Magen David Adom (MDA)[the Israel equivalent of the Red Cross]. Dr Markus is the highest Indonesia official to visit Israel. Muhammadiyah operates dozens of clinics, hospitals, orphanages schools and universities in Indonesia and has been recognized by the Indonesian government and by international organizations.
The main points of the agreement concern sharing knowledge in emergency medical services and planning work protocols for the Indonesian health system, which will be implemented by Indonesian medical teams. The practical and management knowledge will be implemented by international-recognized MDA specialists.
Cooperation between MDA and the Indonesian rescue and emergency organization began approximately one year ago, with the arrival of a delegation of Indonesian health and community organization officials for an MDA course in Israel.
-Magen David Adom press release, October 30, 2008.