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Muslim Reporter Spotlights Egalitarian Atmosphere at HMO

When Prof. Chaim Lotan, Director of the Hadassah University Medical Center's Heart Institute, met Souad Mekhennet, a reporter for The New York Times, who was in Jerusalem to cover an international event, he invited her to visit Hadassah.

When she met with Ron Krumer, Director of External Affairs for Hadassah, she explained that her role as a columnist for the international edition of the Times was to write about Moslem women. Mr. Krumer arranged for her to speak with several Palestinian women who work at Hadassah.

In her article, Ms. Mekhennet explains that "in some cases, Muslim nurses treat Israeli soldiers wounded in fights with Palestinians while their Jewish colleagues also attend to Palestinians who attacked Jews."

One of the Palestinian interviewees, Ashgan, comments: "This is a learning process for all of us, but we treat first the patient, and then maybe later we hear what the story was."

Ms. Mekhennet concludes the article with the following paragraph: "Indeed, all four women noted that their contact was possible only because the hospital's leadership made it so clear that there was to be no discrimination among patients or staff. 'As long as we keep politics out of it,' said Ashgan, "all is good."

Read the New York Times article here.

Date: 7/12/2012

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