The International Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (IADR) condemns, in no uncertain terms, the brutal terrorist attack against the Israeli people by Hamas in southern Israel in the early morning hours of October 7, 2023. Over 1,400 Israeli residents and visitors were violently murdered and nearly 200 hostages were taken by Hamas. The victims include children, women, the elderly, concertgoers at a peace festival, and residents of several kibbutzim. The death toll has since escalated in Israel and Gaza as Israel has declared war in self-defense. IADR deplores all loss of innocent civilian lives.
IADR stands with our members in the IADR Israeli Division, first formed in 1967. Our colleagues in Israel are among our most active in furthering our IADR Mission of driving dental, oral, and craniofacial research for health and well-being worldwide. However, at this moment, these colleagues are shocked and deeply saddened that such unspeakable atrocities were perpetrated against their fellow citizens.
Earlier this year, the IADR Council accepted our newest Section, the Palestinian Section, with the support of the Israeli Division, with the intent of furthering research collaborations across the region. The IADR also stands with our Palestinian members who desire peace in the region and do not support the barbaric actions of Hamas. Although new as a Section, IADR has long-standing individual Palestinian members advancing oral health research in the region.
IADR hopes for a speedy return to peace and stability in the region so that international scientific collaborations can continue. The IADR supports all our members focused on our Mission.
The International Association for Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Research (IADR) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to drive dental, oral, and craniofacial research for health and well-being worldwide. IADR represents the individual scientists, clinician-scientists, dental professionals, and students based in academic, government, non-profit and private-sector institutions who share our mission. Learn more at www.iadr.org.