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

By Hatim Kanaaneh

Hatim Kanaaneh is a Palestinian health care professional who has struggled for over 35 years to convey remedy to Palestinians in Galilee, opposed to a tradition of anti-Arab discrimination. this is often the tale of ways he fought for the human rights of his sufferers and overcame the Israeli gurus' merciless indifference to their pain. Kanaaneh is a local of Galilee, born sooner than the construction of Israel. He left to review medication at Harvard, earlier than returning to paintings as a public overall healthiness healthcare professional with the goal of aiding his personal humans. He came upon a surprising point of disorder and malnutrition in his group and a shameful loss of help from the Israeli professionals. After doing all he may perhaps for his sufferers by way of operating from contained in the procedure, Kanaaneh arrange The Galilee Society, an NGO operating for equitable well-being, environmental and socio-economic stipulations for Palestinian Arabs in Israel. this can be a tremendous memoir that indicates how grass roots agencies can loosen the Zionist grip upon Palestinian lives.

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Two very young siblings I lost in early childhood must have suffered from protein-calorie malnutrition, Kwashiorkor, and one of them from severe vitamin A deficiency. At the time, family elders explained their deaths by telling stories about how the evil eye had felled them: one, it was said, had lost his sight overnight after a jealous neighbor admired his beautiful eyes; and the other’s health deteriorated so rapidly he died a week after another Kanaaneh 01 chap01 13 18/4/08 16:23:38 14 A DOCTOR IN GALILEE jealous relative apparently admired his full face and round belly (signs of protein malnourishment mistaken at the time for signs of good health).

For those of us who wish to learn how Israel reached this point, Hatim Kanaaneh’s memoir provides an invaluable insight. Jonathan Cook Nazareth February 2008 Kanaaneh 00 pre2 xxx 21/4/08 10:33:34 FOREWORD xxxi Notes 1. The more usual translation, “Israeli Arabs,” fails to connote the possessive quality conveyed in the original Hebrew phrase. 2. Ian Lustick, Arabs in the Jewish State (University of Texas Press, 1980), pp. 9–10. 3. Fouzi el-Asmar, To Be an Arab in Israel (Frances Pinter, 1975) and Sabri Jiryis, The Arabs in Israel (Monthly Review Press, 1976).

65 million Israelis living below poverty line,” Haaretz, September 5, 2007. 25. HRW, Second Class: Discrimination Against Palestinian Arab Children in Israel’s Schools, September 2001. Kanaaneh 00 pre2 xxxi 21/4/08 10:33:35 xxxii A DOCTOR IN GALILEE 26. “Report: Haredi school spending twice as much per pupil as state schools,” Haaretz, August 6, 2005. 27. “Even the Shin Bet,” Haaretz. 28. “Shin Bet will no longer scrutinize Arab educators,” Haaretz, January 6, 2005. 29. “The great brain drain,” Haaretz, May 25, 2004.

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