MembersWhat’s It Like for a Palestinian Doctor Working in an Israeli Hospital?

Israel Today speaks to two Palestinian doctors about how they receive nothing from the PA, and face undue challenges in Israel

By Rachel Avraham | | Topics: palestinians
Palestinian medical teams take care of patients in the COVID-19 ward of Dura Hospital near Hebron. Photo: Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90

The Talmud says that “whoever saves a life, it is as if he saved the entire world.” In Judaism and across the world, doctors have always been greatly valued as individuals who dedicate their lives to saving others. For as the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates once said, “Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity.” However, given the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Palestinian doctors working inside the State of Israel face unique difficulties. On the one hand, they are dedicated to saving all human life, like all other doctors. But on the other hand, they are viewed with suspicion by the wider society.

Israel Today recently had the opportunity to interview two Palestinian doctors, one of them from the Gaza Strip and the other one from the West Bank, both of whom work in Israeli hospitals. They described the complexities they face as Palestinian doctors working inside the State of Israel. The Gazan doctor claimed that she faced challenges whenever she crossed back into Gaza to see her children: “When I go through the crossings, I...

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