Friends of the Israel Heart Society – FIHS

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Friends of the IHS Association (FIHS):

founded in 2005 and consists of many senior world-renowned cardiologists from USA and Canada with an aim is to promote cardiovascular research in Israel and the collaboration with North American cardiologists.

Mission statement of the Friends of Israel Heart Society (FIHS)

MISSION: The FIHS is an association of health care professionals from throughout the world dedicated to support delivery of cardiovascular health care, training, and research in Israel.

To accomplish this, our strategic goals include the following:

1. Create a network of supporters of the Israel Heart Society (IHS) who will be

    updated on a regular basis regarding IHS activities as well as on the activities and needs of

     the FIHS.

2. Encourage links between the FIHS, IHS, and other international cardiovascular organizations.

3. Encourage health care professionals from all over the world to attend meetings held in Israel.

4. Support fellows from Israel in their training abroad and assist in finding training positions for

    them using the FIHS network.

5. Support international speakers coming to lecture at scientific meetings that are held under the

    auspices of the IHS in Israel and abroad.

6. Support physicians and scientists from abroad who are interested in coming to study,

     to perform research, or to spend a sabbatical in Israel.

7. Encourage drug and device companies, and other health care industries, to bring clinical

    studies and research to Israel.

8. Support and help the organization and promotion of scientific meetings held in

    Israel under the auspices of the IHS.

9. Support heart disease prevention activities and initiatives in Israel.

10. Raise funds to create research grants for research related to heart disease in Israel.

11. Promote educational programs that will bring together Israeli and Arab cardiologists from all

      over the Middle East



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Letter of protest to the Lancet Editor in Chief from the FIHS leadership:

Humanitarian Physician Community Calls for Integrity, Truth and Compassion - Seeks Health, Safety and Security for All
Dear Friends, 
As Friends of the Israel Heart Society, I know that these last several weeks have been filled with concern and anxiety over the situation facing our colleagues at the Israel Heart Society and all the people in the region. Living with terror and the consequences of war is horrible. We hope and pray that there will soon be a long-lasting peace. 
I am sure many of you are already aware of the "Open Letter for the People in Gaza" published online in the Lancet on July 23. For those of you who have not seen it yet, it can be found at: http://download.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140673614610448.pdf?id=eaaL_A8PF29Pq97yk2REu.
This letter is atrocious and brings up several important questions. The falsehoods contained within the letter are clear and are delineated in some of the posted online responses. There is also information about the undeclared conflicts of interest and the review process for this letter in an online response. Finally, there is a letter co-authored by several of the FIHS Board members and signed by many that attempts to place the humanitarian physician concerns for the preservation of life in a more appropriate context. This letter may be viewed at: http://download.thelancet.com/flatcontentassets/pdfs/S0140673614613039.pdf. The appendix is at: http://download.thelancet.com/flatcontentassets/pdfs/S0140673614613039_appendix.pdf.
Perhaps one of the most troubling questions that has been raised is why this discourse appears at all in a medical scientific journal, particularly a prestigious journal like the Lancet. This is not the first time that such inappropriate, one-sided attacks have been published in the journal. There is currently a petition circulating authored by Ori Ben-Yehuda, MD, Gregg W. Stone, MD, and Martin B. Leon, MD that asks: 
"We call on Elsevier to fully investigate the role played by Mr. Horton in the decision to publish the letter by Manduca et al and to take such actions as are appropriate directed at Mr. Horton, who we strongly believe should be dismissed as Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet."  

The introduction of the letter states:

"As scientists, researchers, and medical practitioners, we were shocked and astounded to read the "Open letter for the people in Gaza" by Manduca et al in the 23 July issue of The Lancet. The article, written by a group of highly biased individuals who falsely claimed to have no conflicts of interest, accused Israel of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The article is rife with political propaganda, is one-sided, and factually inaccurate. It even went so far as to suggest that Israel used "gas" in Gaza, a claim even Hamas has not made.  It is obvious that this highly biased commentary was not subject to appropriate peer review let alone basic fact checking. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) provides guidance which Lancet supports that 'editors must make an effort to screen discourteous, inaccurate, or libelous comments.' This letter should therefore never have been published in the Lancet, a medical journal dedicated to intellectual honesty, impartiality, and equal treatment for all peoples."

To obtain a copy of the letter for review, please email obenyehuda@crf.org. The petition may be signed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FQPNW9N. You can also view an email exchange between Professor Edgar Pick of Tel Aviv University and Richard Horton at the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s8ga0onvumwj3jd/AABmTZXIvkSpV0CCSE_XusMUa.

I can assure you that the outpouring of support for our colleagues in Israel during these difficult times has been noticed and is greatly appreciated. I encourage you to evaluate this situation and take the opportunity to respond in some fashion. The court of public opinion is a large factor in this conflict. Moreover, the worldwide rising tide of anti-Semitism (see 8/6/14 Wall Street Journal article by Andrew Nagorski) needs to be arrested. Nagorski states "Words matter, and the lack of words can matter even more." For those of us who have experienced anti-Semitism first hand, even in our own institutions, the current events highlight the need for a strong response. Each and every individual can make a significant contribution to this effort.

A final request: we will soon be sending out notices for dues and sponsorships for the Friends of the Israel Heart Society. Please consider taking a moment now to renew your membership/sponsorship at http://www.friendsihs.org.

Best regards,


Jeff Goldberber, MD

President, FIHS







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