By Hatim Kanaaneh
Hatim Kanaaneh is a Palestinian health care provider who has struggled for over 35 years to carry treatment 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 earlier than the production of Israel. He left to check medication at Harvard, ahead of returning to paintings as a public healthiness doctor with the purpose of aiding his personal humans. He came upon a surprising point of disorder and malnutrition in his group and a shameful loss of help from the Israeli specialists. After doing all he may well for his sufferers by way of operating from contained in the method, Kanaaneh arrange The Galilee Society, an NGO operating for equitable healthiness, environmental and socio-economic stipulations for Palestinian Arabs in Israel. it is a fantastic memoir that exhibits how grass roots organizations can loosen the Zionist grip upon Palestinian lives.
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At that point one of my fellow travelers—an elderly woman—stepped in to take matters into her own hands. As I was explaining to the security officials that I had bought the halva in the 1 Kanaaneh 01 chap01 1 18/4/08 16:23:37 2 A DOCTOR IN GALILEE Palestinian city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank, she interjected. Israel produced the best-tasting halva around so there could be no reason for me to go to Jenin except to bring a bomb to the airport. When I ignored her comments and joked to the security officials that if they wanted to take the halva away for closer examination they had better promise not to eat it all, she demanded they bodysearch me and check my shoes for explosives.
But I felt insulted and dehumanized hearing these sentiments from someone who counted himself a friend and owed me a favor. I told him sarcastically that it was nice of him to consider putting up with the natives, but having taken that gracious decision he should realize that I was unlikely to commit wholeheartedly to his lofty Zionist ideals. I showed him the door, sure he would never enter my home again. Lying in bed at night, Didi and I wondered if we were bound by our duty towards world peace and our humanitarian ethics to love these neighbors.
I ran from the crowd of well-wishers and locked myself in my mini-camper. I drew the curtains, turned on the motor and, with its noise for cover, sobbed loudly. And I had not yet had to deal with the most formidable opponent to my long-cherished dream of bringing public health to my community: the Israeli Ministry of Health. Over the next six years disillusionment set in further as I struggled to cope with my multiple roles: as a primary care physician, as a community leader, and as an official in the Ministry of Health.
A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Isreal by Hatim Kanaaneh