By Hatim Kanaaneh
Hatim Kanaaneh is a Palestinian surgeon who has struggled for over 35 years to deliver therapy to Palestinians in Galilee, opposed to a tradition of anti-Arab discrimination. this can be the tale of ways he fought for the human rights of his sufferers and overcame the Israeli experts' merciless indifference to their soreness. Kanaaneh is a local of Galilee, born ahead of the construction of Israel. He left to review drugs at Harvard, prior to returning to paintings as a public healthiness general practitioner with the purpose of aiding his personal humans. He found a surprising point of sickness and malnutrition in his neighborhood and a shameful loss of aid from the Israeli experts. After doing all he may well for his sufferers by way of operating from contained in the approach, Kanaaneh manage The Galilee Society, an NGO operating for equitable well-being, environmental and socio-economic stipulations for Palestinian Arabs in Israel. it is a terrific memoir that exhibits how grass roots firms can loosen the Zionist grip upon Palestinian lives.
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But I hold Ahmad in higher respect than to contradict him on matters of feeling. I simply dropped the subject. I returned to Arrabeh in fulfillment of a promise I had made my family and myself not to stay away for more than a year in Hawaii, where I was working as a family physician. I sought to reclaim my peace of mind and inner balance to sustain me for another year away. We drove to the village in great excitement but, after an absence of a year, I was surprised again by my repugnance and dismay at the squalor of the Arab villages we drove through and the obvious poor health of the people.
21. Lustick, Arabs in the Jewish State, pp. 96–7. 22. “Even the Shin Bet is against discrimination,” Haaretz, May 25, 2004. 23. Ibn Khaldun, Civic Developments Among the Palestinians in Israel, p. 17. 24. 65 million Israelis living below poverty line,” Haaretz, September 5, 2007. 25. HRW, Second Class: Discrimination Against Palestinian Arab Children in Israel’s Schools, September 2001. Kanaaneh 00 pre2 xxxi 21/4/08 10:33:35 xxxii A DOCTOR IN GALILEE 26. “Report: Haredi school spending twice as much per pupil as state schools,” Haaretz, August 6, 2005.
He tried to intervene on the man’s behalf but, without a referral letter and with his limited medical credentials as a taxi driver, he failed to persuade anyone. He brought him all the way back to Arrabeh to get another letter, and then returned with him to the hospital. The young man was admitted and stayed for several weeks. To this day, Salih al-Hajj is a hemiplegic who hobbles around the village with a cane, a living reminder to me of the shortcomings and callousness of the bureaucracy of which I am a part, especially when dealing with Arab patients.
A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Isreal by Hatim Kanaaneh