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June 24, 2005

A Rarely Heard Perspective: Palestinian Physician Praises Israelis

Palestinian physician Izzeldin Abuelaish from the Gaza strip speaks out against fellow Gazan Wafa al-Bis, the would-be suicide bomber who had planned to blow up Soroka Hospital.

As a Palestinian doctor who has worked at Soroka Hospital in Beersheba for eight years, I was outraged at the cynical and potentially deadly suicide bombing attempt by Wafa Samir Ibrahim al-Biss.

Dr. Abuelaish describes his good relations with his Israeli colleagues and the kindness and care with which they treat their Palestinian patients.

I have nothing but praise for the doctors, nurses and other medical staff at Soroka Hospital. They show compassion, sympathy and kindness. I was therefore extremely shocked and upset to hear that Wafa Biss, from the Jabalya refugee camp, was wired with explosives to blow herself up at Soroka, a place where she had been treated with kindness and mercy...

...Israeli hospitals extend humanitarian treatment to Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and West Bank. These efforts continued when all other cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis came to a halt during the most recent intifada...

Soroka is a hospital that has opened its doors to treat Palestinians without discrimination, offering the best care available. I want to tell my friends and colleagues at Soroka that all the Gaza residents I have spoken to have expressed their condemnation of this this evil and brainless act...

Were we only to hear more of this rarely heard appreciation of Israelis and condemnation of Palestinian terrorists...

Posted by rh at June 24, 2005 12:36 PM


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