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Palestinian Publicist Praises Hadassah Medical Center After Personal Experience at the Hospital

In Israel's leading daily newspaper,Yediot Acharonot, Kamell Husseini, a founder and manager of a Palestinian public relations and communications firm in the West Bank city of Ramallah, praised the medical care his mother received at the Hadassah University Medical Center. Click here to read Mr. Husseini's article. While most of Mr. Husseini's article on the op-ed page is dedicated to his opinion about Mid-East politics, he also shares his experience taking his mother to Hadassah for cancer treatment. Below is a translation:

Kamel Husseini-- Judaism and Humanity

The Hadassah Model

"...In my opinion, there is only one hope to cure the situation in Jerusalem: Israeli Cabinet ministers and the entire Israeli society, who are not sensitive to their neighbors, will go to visit Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. There, Palestinian and Israeli cancer patients relate to each other in a human way, and respect each other in spite of the differences and conflicts between them.

During the past 12 years I used to take my mother from time to time to Hadassah for cancer treatment. I used to spend full days there with Jewish doctors and nurses, who protected their Jewish ideals and treated every patient with a sense of humanity. Often I felt that as Arabs and Palestinians we received special treatment. The Jewish doctors and nurses never gave me a feeling of being different or discriminated against. At Hadassah, it doesn't matter who you are. They encourage you to fight the disease and other dangers which are much more important than all our wars. There, in the treatment rooms, Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs unite in searching for a cure, in praying to their God. They all rise above the conflict and hate and become humans. I salute the Jewish model of Hadassah and hope that this model will affect all of Israel. Israel has to focus on the long run, and this Jewish model is the one which should rule."

Date: 12/15/2011


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