Here is the latest installment in my Good News Friday series.
The first item, from the writer Daphne Anson’s blog, is about Sajid Javid, a very unusual British Muslim, a member of Parliament, who “socks it to the Israel haters“:
I am a proud, British-born Muslim, and I love my country more than any other place on earth.
But, if for some reason, I had to leave, with my young family, and I was told that I must go and live in the Middle East, where would I decide to go?
Would I choose Dubai, with its vibrant city life and soaring skyscrapers?
Would I choose Saudi Arabia, a fabulously wealthy nation and the birthplace of the holy Prophet Mohammed?
There is only one place I could possibly go: Israel, the only nation in the Middle East that shares the same democratic values as Britain.
And the only nation in the Middle East where my family would feel the warm embrace of freedom and liberty.”
Thus spoke Sajid Javid, MP for Bromsgrove since 2010 and, since September this year, economic secretary to the Treasury, addressing the 700 attendees at a business lunch of Conservative Friends of Israel last week.
Thank you Mr. Javid for your whole-hearted and warm support of Israel. Would that there were many more like you.
My next item is related to Israel’s bio-med industry once again. Israeli researchers have discovered that fish oil is not not only healthy but has pain-relief benefits:
Israeli researchers may have found a previously unknown use for fish oil. Rich in Omega 3 and antioxidants, fish oil is generally believed, among other benefits, to help prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure and contribute to proper fetal development.
But when Professor Pierre Singer from Tel Aviv University‘s Sackler Faculty of Medicine researched fish oil, he didn’t expect to find it would also relieve bedsores.
Throughout the study, which was conducted with Rabin Medical Center‘s Ph.D. Candidate Miriam Theilla, patients were given eight grams (approx. 0.3 Oz) of fish oil every day for three weeks. Results were surprisingly positive: a 20-25 percent improvement in healing measurement of the bedsores, which resulted in significant reduction in patient pain and discomfort. Moreover, a general improvement in the immune system was reported.
This is excellent news for millions of pain sufferers worldwide. Kol hakavod once more to Israel’s talented researchers, and to Prof. Singer for his discovery.
My third item for today is also in the health field: An Israeli man partially blinded in the Lebanon war 26 years ago has had his sight restored after a cornea transplant:
The sight of a 47-year-old man who suffered a serious wound in the right eye in Lebanon 26 years ago has been saved with a donated cornea transplanted at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot.
The man, Nissim Nahum, said the pain and the partial blindness made it difficult for him to function normally on a daily basis, but that the surgery two weeks ago has already greatly improved his quality of life. His ophthalmological surgeon, Dr. Guy Kleinman, said that the donated transplant has not only eliminated his pains but begun to improve his sight.
Nahum underwent the surgery in the hospital’s ophthalmology department headed by Prof. Ayala Pollack. A synthetic lens was implanted and the donated cornea was transplanted into the right eye, which had been damaged by shrapnel from a hand grenade that a Hezbollah terrorist threw at him east of Tyre. During the attack, a soldier was killed and several others were wounded.
Over the years, the man – who lives in Moshav Nir Banim, near Kiryat Gat – had undergone several procedures to save his eyesight, but nevertheless, his vision continued to decline, and his pain intensified.
He recently went to consult with Kaplan eye specialists who suggested that he apply for a donated cornea. Now, after the operation, he feels wonderful.
Mr. Nahum’s pain and suffering sound unbearable. It is such wonderful news that he has both regained his sight and that his pain is over. We wish him a refuah shlema, and congratulate his doctors. May all of Am Yisrael have a similar refuah shlema.
And as a final bonus extra – not only is it snowing heavily on the Hermon and pouring with rain throughout Israel, but if you are reading this post, the end of the world, as predicted by some according to the Mayan calendar, did not happen after all.
As the great sage Charles M. Shultz said:
“The world can’t end today because it’s already tomorrow in some other place in the world”
In which case, Shabbat Shalom everyone!