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President’s Message 2023

Today’s news from Israel is alarming, and it’s no coincidence that this latest Hamas attack was staged on the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. As we did then, we must align with Israel and stand strong against the terrorists who have launched a strategic assault on Israel and its citizens. Already the Hamas terrorists have claimed scores of civilian lives and are taking innocents as hostages and prisoners of war.

Supporting APF means supporting the Israeli medical system and all its citizens.

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APF was established for the sole purpose of providing additional licensed medical professionals from North America to step in on a moment’s notice and assist in Israeli civilian hospitals in the event of a declared national crisis.

That was the case 50 years ago, when a delegation of APF volunteer doctors and nurses was deployed to Israel to help during the Yom Kippur War.

Now as was then, APF is the only organization that partners with Israel to maintain an Emergency Medical Volunteer roster, ensuring that medical assistance to Israel remains just a phone call away.

APF is in communication with the Israeli Ministry of Health. APF is standing by, ready to deploy healthcare professionals for hands-on support should we be called upon.

In these difficult times, our hearts are with all Israeli residents, especially those in the southern region who are experiencing direct terror attacks, and with the IDF soldiers and all security forces.

Endeavors such as the APF’s volunteer registry, and its dedication to the advancement of healthcare throughout Israel, requires continuous support to maintain a baseline of financial stability.

On this Shabbat and Simchat Torah, as Israel is once again under direct attack, we need to count on you to increase your financial commitment to APF.

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Let us all pray for the safety and well-being of the Israeli State!

Richard G. Schmidt, MD

Help us send more North American medical volunteers to Israel.