By Hatim Kanaaneh

Hatim Kanaaneh is a Palestinian general practitioner who has struggled for over 35 years to deliver 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 affliction. Kanaaneh is a local of Galilee, born prior to the production of Israel. He left to review drugs at Harvard, ahead of returning to paintings as a public health and wellbeing health care professional with the purpose of assisting his personal humans. He came upon a stunning point of ailment and malnutrition in his neighborhood and a shameful loss of aid from the Israeli experts. After doing all he may possibly for his sufferers via operating from contained in the method, Kanaaneh arrange The Galilee Society, an NGO operating for equitable future health, environmental and socio-economic stipulations for Palestinian Arabs in Israel. this can be a excellent memoir that indicates how grass roots enterprises can loosen the Zionist grip upon Palestinian lives.

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It imposed a curfew and deployed its tanks, turning our peaceful streets and fields, for the first time in living memory, into a war zone. Six unarmed demonstrators from Arrabeh and neighboring villages were killed in the ensuing clashes. The army, of course, emerged victorious. In nearby Sakhnin, a few dozen Golani crack troopers linked arms in a circle and danced the Hora to their own chants of “A’am Yisrael hai—The people of Israel lives” on the very spot where they had shot dead two young villagers.

Prescription drugs sold over the counter in shops. 11. No refrigeration; food poisoning common. 12. Babies are bound tightly and kept out of the sun. No vitamin D supplement. The problem of being an Arab in a Jewish state had confronted me even before I set foot back in Israel. In preparation for my first return to Arrabeh, after a decade of studying in the US, I sent my passport to the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles for renewal. The officials replied with a standard package of information for returning students that included details of interest-free loans readily available from offices across Israel to help with my re-absorption into my community.

Our return and our comfort loomed as the only topics of conversation in our little neighborhood. The next week I returned to the Ministry of Health. I sat with my former boss and mentor, Dr. Hedy Frank-Blume, who sprang a surprise offer: she wanted me to be her deputy in Nazareth, the seat of the Northern District, serving a racially mixed population of more than 500,000 people, half of them Jews and half Arabs. I suggested that someone in the Ministry’s hierarchy would undoubtedly object to my Kanaaneh 01 chap01 17 18/4/08 16:23:39 18 A DOCTOR IN GALILEE assuming a middle-management position.

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