A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian by Hatim Kanaaneh

By Hatim Kanaaneh

Hatim Kanaaneh is a Palestinian medical professional 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 experts' merciless indifference to their ache. Kanaaneh is a local of Galilee, born ahead of the production of Israel. He left to review drugs at Harvard, earlier than returning to paintings as a public wellbeing and fitness health care provider with the purpose of aiding his personal humans. He chanced on a stunning point of sickness and malnutrition in his group and a shameful loss of help from the Israeli specialists. After doing all he may possibly for his sufferers by means of operating from contained in the approach, Kanaaneh arrange The Galilee Society, an NGO operating for equitable wellbeing and fitness, environmental and socio-economic stipulations for Palestinian Arabs in Israel. this can be a impressive memoir that indicates how grass roots agencies can loosen the Zionist grip upon Palestinian lives.

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I request routine laboratory tests, write prescriptions or referral notes to specialists or to the hospital. But I miss the all-empowering confidence and dependency my patients in Arrabeh had on me. And I miss my involvement in the life of my community. On Halloween night, Didi and I joined a group of parents for dinner as our children went trick-or-treating. I was struck by the glut of toys in the house, which in turn brought back memories of my childhood when the only toys were carriages we fashioned out of cactus leaves and handballs we rolled out of rags.

I am becoming the laughing stock of my own community,” the mayor of Arrabeh, a former schoolmate of mine, tells me. * It shows the degree of ill-will the state bears us. ” “You know who it is I report to, don’t you? Israel Koenig! It takes me months to get an appointment with the little dictator and whatever topic * Mekorot: Hebrew for “resources”; the Israel National Water Company, a government corporation with near total monopoly over the country’s water resources and allocation. Kanaaneh 01 chap01 3 18/4/08 16:23:37 4 A DOCTOR IN GALILEE I bring up he winds up chiding me for failing to do my duty; he wants me to limit the number of births in Arrabeh.

The state could not countenance defiance from its Arab “citizens”; so to break their will it responded with massive violence against villages like Arrabeh. 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.

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