For Immediate Release


Grace Batchoun
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Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East

Panel of Canadian Health Experts Discuss their Experiences in Palestine

TORONTO, Ontario - Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) is proud to host a distinguished panel of speakers including Dr. Harry Shannon, Dr. Miriam Garfinkle, Dr. Abdel-Rahman Lawendy, Dr. Jim Deutsch and Judith Deutsch. The discussion, open to the general public, is entitled "Health Crisis in Palestine: A Panel of Canadian Health Care Professionals give First Hand Accounts" and will be presented in Toronto.

The panel is composed of Canadian health care professionals and researchers who have first hand accounts of the devastating effects of Israeli occupation and aggression on Palestinian health either in Gaza or the West Bank. Among other panelists, Dr. Harry Shannon, professor of clinical epidemiology from McMaster University, will comment on his provocative article titled "Gaza's shocking devastation: A Canadian Jew's visit to the territory that left him ashamed by what he saw" published last year in the Hamilton Spectator.

The meeting will take place Monday April 6, 2009 from 7:00PM-9:00PM in Room B250 in the Leslie Dan Pharmacy Building, 144 College St., Toronto. The event is free and open to the general public.

Damon Ramsey, a general surgery resident and co-chair of CJPME's Right to Health Taskforce, states: "To turn our backs on the devastating health effects of the Israeli occupation on innocent civilians would be a grave mistake. It is our responsibility as health care professionals and citizens alike to be informed of and act on the right to health."


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