• Our first, of hopefully many Muristan Garden events, was held in our new Peace Garden. We celebrated with our friends and visitors the launch of a new book by the esteemed Author Malcolm Billings entitled “ The Crusades- The War Against Islam”. The book can now be purchased from any major book retailer. 

    Thank you to all who attended, please get in touch if you would like to organise an event or visit our new Peace Garden!
  • Sarah Pencott is the director of Dickinson Opticians, Northumberland. Her father moved from Palestine to Britain before she was born but the family have never forgotten the important role St John Eye Hospital Group plays in the region. Recently Sarah got in touch with us to ask if there was anything she could do to help the eye hospital and it has resulted in over 450 children’s eye frames being collected from opticians up and down the UK and personally delivered by Sarah to our Anabta Clinic.
  • This year WOD fell on 5th June 2017 and the Orthoptic Department of St John Eye Hospital joined in the celebrations. Judith Musallem, our head Orthoptist, explains how the hospital participated.
  • In April 2017, the SOA held its first scientific congress in Jerusalem, with a guest list of 60 ophthalmologists which included doctors from St John, 25 Israeli colleagues from Hadassah, Shaare Zedek, Enaim, and Afula, and six members of the European branch of the SOA.
  • This month, Dr Al-Walid returned from a year-long fellowship in glaucoma at the Aravind Eye Institute. He will now be our resident expert in glaucoma at our Gaza Hospital, meaning that patients will no longer need to negotiate the permit-system and journey to Jerusalem in order to seek treatment.
  • On Thursday 11th May the Norfolk Gardeners Question Time evening in Norwich took place, to raise funds for Marlene.
  • One of the benefits of our new Gaza Hospital is that offers us the capabilities to perform surgeries that were simply not possible in our previous facility. We are pleased to share that our new hospital – and the skillset of our Retinal Specialist in Gaza, Dr Al-Halimi – have allowed a young Gazan to live her life with sight.

  • The various iterations of this programme is going a long way to ending preventable blindness, our key aim at St John Eye Hospital Group.
  • The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has recently returned from a trip to the Holy Land where he visited a number of Palestinian communities, expressing his “profound grief and sorrow” after hearing the testimonies of Palestinians living around the West Bank and Gaza. The tour included a visit to our hospital in Gaza and a press conference held in our new Muristan Clinic’s Peace Garden.
  • Recently, trustee Mr David Verity, his wife, their two children and his step son Javier spent their half-term break at SJEHG Jerusalem. Volunteering at St John was an interesting and rewarding experience for them all, whether working in clinic, in the kitchens, or assisting on Outreach. During their stay they used their time to become more familiar with the work of the hospital and its staff. The family appreciated helping wherever they could, with the two children Harry and Goya particularly enjoying working with the staff in the kitchens.

    During their last night in Jerusalem, a small dinner was held in the hospital chapel where other close friends, supporters and partners were invited. The family wanted to show their appreciation and respect for the hospital’s work and its staff by organizing a musical evening, with the children performing various pieces before dinner.

    The whole evening had an ambiance of tranquillity and friendship, gathering together a variety of St John’s supporters, and the recital and dinner that followed gave cause for reflection on the remarkable work achieved by the Hospital and its staff. 

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