Leading Israeli virologist and infectious disease expert urges world leaders to calm public. Doctor and Professor Jihad Bishara is a leading virologist and the director of the infectious diseases unit at Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikva, Israel. In a statement on Sunday, he urged world leaders to calm their citizens about the coronavirus pandemic, saying people are being whipped into unnecessary panic. Dr. & Prof. Jihad Bishara is not new to infectious diseases. He has been treating Jews and Arabs for 30 years. For the past few days he has been part of the team treating those ill with coronavirus at the Rabin.
“Within the hospital I disengage from politics, I do my work without any connection to what’s going on outside; it doesn’t influence me during my daily work. We are dealing with an emergency situation of a coronavirus epidemic and I am treating patients myself; we are all putting ourselves at risk to treat everyone. Doctors haven’t heard about racism; for decades I’ve been saving Jewish lives every day."