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Yet another blow to a would-be British academic boycott of Israel was scored when a delegation from the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) visited Netanya's Laniado Hospital on Friday.
The visitors arrived for the dedication of the David Baum Family Resource Room, a state-of the-art teleconferencing facility named in memory of the RCPCH's first elected president, who died eight years ago.
Funded by the David Baum International Foundation, the resource room is the first of its kind in Israel and will bring medical minds from all disciplines together to advise one another on advances in medicine via regular interactive videoconferencing sessions.
Michael Sinclair, chairman of Laniado UK, said: "The new resource room will allow Laniado's leading... medical practitioners to pool their combined knowledge, experience and expertise in a unique way which will ultimately benefit all patients - Arab, Christian and Jew alike."
British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who was unable to attend the dedication in person, spoke warmly of Baum.
"Prof. Baum was passionate in his work to improve the lives of children. He worked with tremendous energy and enthusiasm for the creation of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health and became its first president shortly after its foundation. He was a remarkable pediatrician and a close personal friend who brought humor and love of life to everything he did... How fitting for David's colleagues from the RCPCH to choose to make their first visit to an Israeli hospital in his honor," Sacks said in a message.
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