Palestinian Ambassador Dr Husam Zumlot Presented IMET2000 With Gold Medal from President Mahmoud Abbas
On Thursday 17th September, the Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, Dr Husam Zumlot visited the home of our locked in founder Colin Green together with his colleagues and our CEO Dr Malik Zaben who drove all the way from Cardiff to join in a special occasion and celebration. His Excellency presented to Colin a special medal from President Mahmoud Abbas to celebrate all the work that IMET2000 does in Palestine. Dr Zumlot listed many of the education and training initiatives that IMET 2000 has collaborated with in Palestine over many decades including help start the first Al Quds School of Medicine in 1994 and hoped that the latest initiatives to help with the surge in COVID-19 infections heralded a continuation of Health Sector support into the future. In response, a somewhat emotional Colin alongside his wife Liz said that outside his family, and an enjoyable life in medical research, Palestine had been his greatest interest , joy and sadness since1956. He joined Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) in 1984 after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon and refugee camp massacres and had been active ever since. It is now for him by far the most important cause on the planet and he pledged continuous support from IMET2000 into the future. He also paid tribute to the enormous strength of Palestinian stoicism and emphasised how proud and honoured he was to be allowed to work with so many good people both in the Middle East and in the UK Diaspora. In conclusion, Colin accepted this award with huge pleasure on behalf of all involved in IMET2000, in particular his CEO Dr Malik Zaben and the brave Palestinian team in our Trauma Centre in El-Bireh currently doing epic work with so many CV19-infected patients.