US envoy helps open new medical school in settlement

United States Ambassador to Israel David Friedman participated on 27 October in the official opening ceremony for an Israeli settlement’s new medical school, deep in the occupied West Bank, reports the Middle East Monitor.

As reported by the Times of Israel, Friedman used the occasion to praise the expansion of Ariel University, named after the illegal West Bank colony in which it is based. “A new medical school has opened in Samaria,” Friedman declared, using the common Israeli terminology for the northern West Bank. “It’s worth saying that again: A new medical school has opened in Samaria! How many people ever thought those words would be spoken? … The lives of people everywhere, in this region, whether you are Jewish, Muslim, Christian – they have now been improved and will continue to be improved in so many profound ways,” he added.

Friedman is notorious for his longstanding personal support for the Israeli colonisation of the occupied Palestinian territory, and is a key influence in the shaping of Trump administration policy. US casino magnate – and Trump mega-donor – Sheldon Adelson gave US$20 million to Ariel University for expansion purposes, including the medical school, which is named for him and his wife Miriam.
Full report on the Middle East Monitor site