By Hatim Kanaaneh
Hatim Kanaaneh is a Palestinian general practitioner who has struggled for over 35 years to deliver therapy to Palestinians in Galilee, opposed to a tradition of anti-Arab discrimination. this is often the tale of the way he fought for the human rights of his sufferers and overcame the Israeli specialists' merciless indifference to their anguish. Kanaaneh is a local of Galilee, born ahead of the production of Israel. He left to check drugs at Harvard, ahead of returning to paintings as a public well-being health professional with the purpose of supporting his personal humans. He came across a surprising point of sickness and malnutrition in his group and a shameful loss of help from the Israeli professionals. After doing all he may perhaps for his sufferers through 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. this can be a amazing memoir that exhibits how grass roots corporations can loosen the Zionist grip upon Palestinian lives.
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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. Repeatedly I had to endure casual insults from Jewish colleagues.
Hedy Frank-Blume, the chief physician of the Acre subdistrict, picked up my letter and responded positively, against all the racially and politically unfavorable odds in an Israeli bureaucracy resistant to employing Arabs for anything more than menial tasks. Deciphering her motives was harder: was it simply the Harvard connection that spoke across the ethnic divide, or did she somehow approve of my stated intention to help my people by trying to reverse in whatever ways I could the neglect and hostility shown them by their state?
Despite some objection from within the Druze community, Israel relates to it as culturally and racially non-Arab. Kanaaneh 01 chap01 10 18/4/08 16:23:38 CAT AND MOUSE 11 in payment for my fees, the man who accused her of hiding me and who barged in to look for me in bed, and the food gifts from thankful mothers whom she would advise on the care of their children. To me patients often sang the praises of my wife, what a gracious hostess she was, and what a traditional obedient wife she must be. After one particularly grueling night, in November 1975, at three in the morning, half asleep, I wrote bitterly: Arrabeh has reached 8,000 residents, two-thirds of whom are under sixteen years of age; it promises to double in size in another fifteen years.
A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Isreal by Hatim Kanaaneh