Turning up the volume for deaf Palestinians
The plight of hearing-impaired people in the West Bank fell on deaf ears - until a joint American-Israeli humanitarian project outfitted 1,000 Arabs from the Palestinian Authority town of Tulkarm with hearing aids this month.
The hearing aids were distributed in cooperation with the Sheba Medical Center, the US-based Starkey Hearing Foundation, and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.
Operating under secrecy because of security concerns in the Palestinian Authority, where it can be dangerous and even deadly for Israelis to travel, the team of 20 Israeli doctors and hearing specialists, with representatives from the Starkey Foundation, traveled to Tulkarem to do fittings in April. They returned a month later to distribute the hearing aids, answer questions and train users over the course of three days.
Update: I should mention that Tulkarm is a hotbed of terrorist activity, particularly during the second intifada. That’s why it’s so dangerous for Israelis to go there. Amazing still that Jews continue to help out their neighbors under such dire circumstances.
From 2004: mfa.gov.il
From 2010: jpost.com