By Hatim Kanaaneh
Hatim Kanaaneh is a Palestinian physician who has struggled for over 35 years to carry 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 construction of Israel. He left to review medication at Harvard, sooner than returning to paintings as a public overall healthiness medical professional with the goal of supporting his personal humans. He came across a stunning point of sickness and malnutrition in his neighborhood and a shameful loss of help from the Israeli gurus. After doing all he might for his sufferers by means of operating from contained in the procedure, Kanaaneh manage The Galilee Society, an NGO operating for equitable health and wellbeing, environmental and socio-economic stipulations for Palestinian Arabs in Israel. this can be a very good memoir that indicates how grass roots businesses can loosen the Zionist grip upon Palestinian lives.
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As usual, I did not charge for the service, considering it the first gesture of collegiality to a future fellow physician. Sure enough he was now a full-fledged MD, a competent and devoted family physician in training. He was currently tending to the medical needs of the residents of all these little settlement outposts designed to Judaize the Galilee. The doctor had expressed disapproval of the dishonest ways, such as at al-Zeeb, in which government agencies were skirting around the truth about Palestinian history.
I was working at my boss’s falafel stand in the market. ” Now, as I weigh up the consequences of leaving the comfort of Hawaii to return to live in the Galilee, I can’t help but consider what happened in 1970, the first time I went back after an absence of a decade. During that decade I had obtained degrees in medicine and public health from Harvard University and completed an internship at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. I was Arrabeh’s first son ever to leave to study abroad, a historic moment made possible by my father’s agreement to sell some of his farming land to pay my way and by the charity of a childless American couple, Byrd and Amie Davis of Clarion, Pennsylvania, who had become my pen pals after meeting me during a visit to Nazareth.
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