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Palestinian Newspaper Admits: Israel Helps Palestinians

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A Palestinian newspaper has recognized how Israel's Hadassah Medical Center has helped the Palestinian people. "PA Minister of Health, Hani Abdeen visited the Israeli Hadassah Hospital. This is the first visit by a Palestinian minister to one of the most


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Beatrice B (112)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 9:58 am
Despite the Israeli-Arab conflict, a Palestinian newspaper has recognized how Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center has helped the Palestinian people.

According to Palestinian Media Watch, the Palestinian daily Al Hayat Al Jadida reported, “PA Minister of Health, Hani Abdeen visited the Israeli Hadassah Hospital. This is the first visit by a Palestinian minister to one of the most important Israeli hospitals, according to the hospital’s announcement. Minister Abdeen who was accompanied by a delegation that included senior officials of the ministry and of the PA, met with the Director of Ein Karem Hadassah Hospital, Yuval Weiss. He [the minister] visited Palestinian patients being treated in the hospital, and he distributed gifts.
Al Hayat Al Jadida continued, “Hospital director Weiss said: ‘We relate to patients without regard to nationality and religion. We treat Muslims, Christians, Jews, and other nationalities without bias, and 30% of the patients who are children are Palestinians.‘ He went on to say: ‘We’ve begun cooperating with the Palestinians. We now train teams of physicians from the hospital in Beit Jala in the southern West Bank, to treat cancer among children. We have about 60 Palestinian medical interns and specialist physicians who will be returning to the Palestinian Authority areas to carry out their work.”


Hadassah Hospital has done much to help the Palestinian people and Arabs in general. A Muslim Israeli Arab is presently in charge of emergency medicine at Hadassah Hospital. The liver unit at Hadassah Hospital is also headed by an Israeli Arab, who managed to uncover the gene linked to liver disease. Hadassah Hospital has been a place where Arab doctors have been able to thrive professionally and work towards saving lives, both of Israelis and of Palestinians.

Aside from offering many Arabs jobs, Israel’s medical establishment has always worked to save Palestinian lives with the same vigor that they save Israeli lives. In fact, a 2012 report from the World Health Organization found that Israel approved 91.5 percent of all Palestinian applications to receive medical care within the State of Israel. Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli organization, has also saved the lives of 3,000 children, of who half were hailing from the Palestinian Authority. Additionally, an Israeli hospital has reportedly been taking care of a disabled Gazan baby after he was abandoned both by his parents and the Palestinian Authority, who stopped funding his medical treatment.


The fact that the official PA daily Al Hayat Al Jadida has recognized these facts is very refreshing, especially given the routine incitement that occurs against Israel and the Jewish people in this publication, as well as other Palestinian newspapers. For example, in the past, the Al Hayat Al Jadida publication has denied the fact that the Western Wall belongs to the Jewish people, accused Israel of murdering and poisoning Palestinian prisoners, and according to Palestinian Media Watch declared that Israel withholds “elementary human rights from Palestinian children.” Indeed, this one article was a rare example where the Al Hayat Al Jadida publication showed Israel in a positive light, as a country that helps rather than hurts Palestinians.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 10:05 am
That Israel feels a responsibility to care for the Palestinian people is not surprising, it's clearly evident in honest reporting. What is shocking is that a Palestinian newspaper would publish something so contradictory to their standard accusations.

Nico T. (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 12:59 pm
The germans also helped Dutch people in WW2, but they still occupied our country.. It's good they help, but for ending the conflict Israel has to give up and stop building the illegal settlements.. A little group of ultra-orthodox jews makes it difficult for both normal Israëli and left-side Palestinian politci.. Because Netanyahu aborted all the progress Rabin an Arafat had made when Clinton was president, many Palestinians didn't belief anymore that they would get a state. It made it difficult for the poitical Fath-party of Arafat and gave HAMAS the chance to slip in with a civil war as result.. At the end Israel points his finger to HAMAS and the Palestinians, but if the are honest, they also have to point to themselves.. If they honoured the agreement Rabin en Arafat had, HAMAS wouldn't got the support, because the Fath-party of Arafat would have tackle the problem with the support of Israel. Its a pity, because the agreement was broken, both Israëli as Palestinians are the victims of it. Palestinians by not getting an own country and by discrimination and Israëli because of the fear of bombs..

AWAY AWHILE Cal M (1065)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:15 pm
I agree with you Nico that extremists from all quarters have sabotaged efforts for peace. As many here know I am in favor of a two state solution.It is important to realize equally that sharing the benefits of Israel's medical technology can benefit individuals without obscuring the larger issues and on such cooperation and mutual interaction is the future best built. It is great to see a Paletinian newspaper praising these kinds of efforts, as the media on both sides caneither reinforce mistrust and conflict or the opposite.

Thanks for posting this Beatrice--a most worthy article.

Nicole W (646)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:32 pm
thank you for posting Beatrice and Cal for forwarding~

S J (124)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:35 pm
Humanity should be above all, if we are to survive. I pray for they stop fighting anyway.
Thanks Beatrice. Thank Cal for fwd.

. (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:43 pm
Well, it is about time.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:44 pm
Thanks to Beatrice, Cal, and I agree with Nico and Cal and SJ - And of course I'm out of stars Nicole :-))

Stan B (123)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:52 pm
I'd say it's unheard of. If only the Palestinians would renounce violence and genuinely recognise Israel, there's a chance of peace between the two sides.

divergent revolution (309)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 1:53 pm
Only took over 60 years?

Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:12 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting Beatrice.

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:16 pm
Noted!! Thanks!!

Ana Fontan (16)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:26 pm
Noted. Thank you for this post Beatrice, and thanks Cal 4 forwarding it!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 2:28 pm
Noted with thanks.

There will always be the odd person here or there who goes against their governments policies, and even sometimes whole slews of them. I wish the governments or more than 50% of the people in Israel and Palestine would get on the peace train. Old hatreds die hard I'm afraid.

Maggie Kearns (7)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 3:44 pm
noted. Thanks Cal!

Danica Mirkovic (108)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 4:44 pm
Noted, thanks

SusanAWAY A (219)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 5:03 pm

Carol H (229)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 6:12 pm
noted, thanks Beatrice

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:03 pm
some good news at last

John B (185)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:10 pm
Thanks to Cal for the heads up on this and to Beatrice for posting the link to this excellent article by Rachel Avraham. Great post! Read and noted.

Jason S (50)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 7:21 pm
Good posting, thanks

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:28 pm
Thank you all: Cal, Beatrice, and Nico! (s, n, t)

Sheila D (28)
Wednesday June 12, 2013, 8:46 pm
It's always nice to see a positive report after so many negative ones. Thanks for the article, Beatrice.

Past Member (0)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 3:00 am
Its nice to see something good said about Israel from the Palestinians If only they could extend an olive branch
things would be so much better and they might even find they agree on something

noted thanks

Patricia H. (440)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 3:39 am

John De Avalon (36)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 5:20 am
A valuable lesson for the Israelis and Palestinians - and all of us:

The hand of friendship accomplishes much more than the iron fist.

John De Avalon (36)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 5:21 am
Kindness leads to friendship. Friendship leads to peace....

paul m (93)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 6:38 am

Pity they can't live in peace ,,Isreal a lovely Country..

paul m (93)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 6:41 am


Pamela W (75)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 7:02 am
Read and noted !!! A very unexpected "Ray of light" ..... let's hope it leads to the end of the tunnel !!!

Ruth M (235)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 9:29 am
Noted thanks Cal

Gillian M (218)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 10:52 am
Nico, it's a pity that people do not read up on history before making asinine comments. Palestinians have their own country, it's called Jordan! The Palestinians in Gaza have no legal right under international law to any land in Israel. It's just that everyone believes the rubbish that Arafat (an Egyptian) came up with and ignores the fact that Abbas et al do not want peace with Israel, they want to destroy it while using their facilities and research!

I'm glad that they have finally admitted it, thanks for posting Beatrice.

Frances D (92)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 11:28 am

Kenneth L (314)
Thursday June 13, 2013, 12:42 pm
Any medical doctor worthy of the title has an ethical duty to help anyone, regardless of race or religion etc. If he has personal prejudices he should get out of the profession and/or be booted out.

Alexander W (53)
Friday June 14, 2013, 7:01 am
Nico, what are you talking about?

Germans considered Dutch to be Aryans, of the same Master race, and Dutch people were not at war with Germans, promising to kill every single German when they have a chance. Palestinian Arabs, like Syrian Arabs and Arabs from other countries, are at war with Israel and do hope for Israel's destruction.

Lebanese hospital allowed an Arab boy of Palestinian origin to die at the entrance, because they refused to treat him.

Usually, medical care is not free and is not given to everyone.

Arabs do not have rights to grab all Middle East lands, like they did! 22 Arab countries are there, and they refuse to share their land wealth with Druze, Kurds, Bahai, Azeris and many other minorities. They fight Israel for the meagre 1/10,000 of land they owe? The Arab League, in addition to publishing tens of hateful anti-Israel resolutions, could come up with a program from their brothers from the West Bank and Gaza.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews do not always even support the secular State of Israel, and care less for the settlements. US considers Israeli villages as "illegitimate", not "illegal", because they are perfectly legal. There was no country called Palestine, and this piece of The Land of Israel cannot be called "occupied".

Arafat refused to make an agreement with Barak and Olmert when Clinton was president. Not Netaniyahy.

You are right in that Arabs want to destroy Israel much more, than they want their own state. Just check their polls. Hamas got into the power on exactly that hateful and militant agenda. You can see that agenda taking over the whole Middle East, it is called "Arab Spring". It has nothing to do with Israel, but a lot to do with Islamist indoctrination, running rampant in many Arab states.

Israelis got reasons to be concerned about bombs - that what the Islamist plant everywhere, from Iraq to Syria to Israel to US to Canada and to Europe. Israelis are obviously are not the only ones to be concerned - the whole TSA shares their fears.

Hilary S (65)
Friday June 14, 2013, 9:33 pm
oh dear - so much ignorance and so many misconceptions expressed in comments here.
israel has been reaching out to the palestinians in countless ways for a very long time. a documentary, "precious life" portrays the experience of one family whose child was saved through a generous donation from a man whose son had been killed when he was a soldier. countless other initiatives never see the media because the israeli way is to do good quietly.
menwhile massive palestinian energy is spent on a media smear campaign to misrepresent israel's reputation and intentions. for example, far from being an apartheid state (look at the palestinians themselves, r at saudi arabia and several other muslim states), israel is a jewish state which accords equal rights to any citizen. the obligation of a citizen in a democracy is not to act to endanger the lives and welfare of other citizens. lucky me - i've only ever lived in democratic countries.

Nico T. (0)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 11:11 am
Alexander Werner: are you serious? you think the Dutch people felt not occupied? Eventhough we where Arians as the Nazi's said, whe felt not German at all and we where glad the Americans freed us from the German occupation.. Of course the Germans helped us with some things, but if you refused to obliged the demands of the Gemans, they shot you or put you in concentrationcamps.. The pogroms where an European problem.. Before the 'endlosung' jews were already persecuted in Europe.. It was understandeble that the jews wanted an own state, but Israel was granted without looking to who already lived in that part of the world.. In that part there were already jews, but also many others.. These people knew how to live peacefully with eachother, but after the second world war the balance shifted because of a hugh influx of new jews who didn't want to compromise: the ultra-orhodox jew who followed the logics from the Thora and said that the land was from them because they learned it in there books.. The problem the Europeans made, became the problem of the people who lived in a former collony of one of them.. It's like you are occupied by Turkey and they give muslims the chance to get a state, when you are an atheist ore a christian, they demolish your home on gunpoint and get in the news that you can also go to their hospitals.. Of course you are glad they help you if you're sick, but you hate the shari'a, can't travel free and in the house you lived, are now muslims.. They occupied it with a little help of their army.. But of course they will help you, if you're sick.. as long as it isn't in conflict with the muslim-people.. Many people in Israel and the west say: in the bible or the Thora Israel was given to the Jews.. But what if you don't believe in this version? It's like a Hindu who said he can insult you, because he is a brahmaan and you an untoucheble: it works if you believe him, otherwise you get mad, ignore him, etc, etc. They problem get's worse if other people support him and say you have to listen to him, because they are also hindu.. The question is on that moment: who is right, and who will get it..

Nico T. (0)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 11:39 am
and then another things.. Netanyahu broke the promisses Rabin made.. After the agreement over the dividing of the land, Netanyahu wanted new talks.. he said he was glad the Palestinians ecknowliged the state of Israel and the territory and he felt they could now talk about the dividing of the rest of the land.. and to make his intentions clear, he gave green light for new settlement.. building settlements in the part of the land they still had to talk about.. The Palestinians felt angry, America was not amused, but did nothing.. I agree with you many states are not free, but we have to give the civilians of those contries the chance to get free and educated.. You mentioned S.A. but a big reason the people of this country are not free, is because of support of the West..

Nico T. (0)
Sunday October 27, 2013, 12:09 pm
Netanyahu broke the prommises of Rabin.. It gave HAMAS a chance to get support from a part of the Palestinians and to counter this the Fath-party had to do more hardtalk to the voters and even a short civil war appeared.. 'Hero' Arafat became a symbol of the way that had a dead-end.. talking with Israel didn't worked after all.. One election and everything could be taken back.. At the end the shooter of Rabin, an ultra-orthodox jew from a settlement, got what he wanted, after he shot Rabin, Netanyahu became the next president from Israel and the new president tried everything within his power to provoke the Palestinians.. But who can you blame after all? Many Israëli and Palestininans want peace and are prepared to make room for the other if it will bring peace.. At the end they have to live with eachother, but forces outside Israel and Palestina make it very difficult to do so.. In America you have a big Jewisch lobby-organisation with has much influence in the American politics, a strong christian believe the land is for the Jews you also see in other western countries and militairy-economic reasons.. On the other side you have muslimcountries in the region who think the opposite way.. Without the 'support' of both groups, many of the problems would have been solved allready.. I even guess with talking and working togheter..
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