By Hatim Kanaaneh
Hatim Kanaaneh is a Palestinian surgeon who has struggled for over 35 years to convey treatment 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 professionals' merciless indifference to their agony. Kanaaneh is a local of Galilee, born earlier than the production of Israel. He left to check medication at Harvard, sooner than returning to paintings as a public overall healthiness doctor with the purpose of supporting his personal humans. He stumbled on a stunning point of affliction and malnutrition in his neighborhood 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 organize The Galilee Society, an NGO operating for equitable overall healthiness, environmental and socio-economic stipulations for Palestinian Arabs in Israel. this can be a incredible memoir that exhibits how grass roots agencies can loosen the Zionist grip upon Palestinian lives.
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Without the land, villagers had been pushed into poverty and casual labor, working cheaply in Israeli quarries, factories and, as hired hands, in what were now declared as Jewish farming communities like the kibbutzim, often on the very land confiscated from Arab villages. 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.
But it wasn’t long before I was contemplating my return to Arrabeh. Didi and I were unhappy with the risks to which we were exposing our two children in America: schools where drugs and violence were on * Land Day: See Preface and Foreword. Kanaaneh 01 chap01 12 18/4/08 16:23:38 CAT AND MOUSE 13 the rise; streets so unsafe that parents accompanied their children to school for fear of molestation or worse; and our inability to control our children’s TV viewing and prevent them from consuming a diet of sex and violence.
It leaves me wondering what kind of understanding Ty’s teachers have of child rearing and of educational methodologies. It is an open secret that the promotion of teachers is dependent on their service as collaborators with the domestic security service, the Shin Bet, and not on any consideration of competence. A few years back, a group of eighth-grade girls complained about a teacher sexually molesting them.
A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Isreal by Hatim Kanaaneh