By Hatim Kanaaneh
Hatim Kanaaneh is a Palestinian health care provider who has struggled for over 35 years to carry remedy to Palestinians in Galilee, opposed to a tradition of anti-Arab discrimination. this is often the tale of the way he fought for the human rights of his sufferers and overcame the Israeli gurus' merciless indifference to their agony. Kanaaneh is a local of Galilee, born prior to the construction of Israel. He left to check drugs at Harvard, sooner than returning to paintings as a public overall healthiness doctor with the goal of supporting his personal humans. He chanced on a surprising point of illness and malnutrition in his group and a shameful loss of aid from the Israeli specialists. After doing all he may well for his sufferers by way of operating from contained in the process, Kanaaneh organize The Galilee Society, an NGO operating for equitable well-being, environmental and socio-economic stipulations for Palestinian Arabs in Israel. this can be a outstanding memoir that exhibits how grass roots companies can loosen the Zionist grip upon Palestinian lives.
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Kanaaneh 01 chap01 15 18/4/08 16:23:39 2 A Second Homecoming Remains of the Effendi’s guest house in al-Zeeb overlooking the Mediterranean. ) September 23, 1978 We landed in Haifa on board a Greek ship we took from Athens to the expected harassment and the usual insults. Under the guise of security precautions, I, my wife and two children, aged five and eight, were rudely questioned about every item in our car and luggage, about the daily itinerary of our two-month camping trip in Europe on our way back from Hawaii, about our family history and our future plans, 16 Kanaaneh 01 chap01 16 18/4/08 16:23:39 A SECOND HOMECOMING 17 about our views on current and past events in Israel and Palestine, about the price of our children’s toys, and about the color of the flowers that the seeds we were bringing with us would produce.
As I took my seat on the plane, I realized that my elderly friend could see me from where she sat provided she turned her head back. She must have ended up with a very stiff neck by the time we landed eleven hours later, when she was finally relieved of her terror watch. Throughout the flight she observed my every movement and followed me wherever I went; she accompanied me to the door of the bathroom and on my frequent strolls in the aisles. Mischievously, a couple of times I waited till she started to doze off before leaving my seat; then I watched from a distance as she panicked on waking and rushed around the aisles looking for me.
Don’t lose faith, then; don’t give up on me! I have already found you a temporary place for a clinic, right across from the hillside where our parents are buried. ” So, there I was, having realized my impossible dream of old, but now embarking on a collective nightmare. Fully conscious and in full command of my senses I committed to meeting the immediate curative health needs of friends and relatives in the hope of enlisting them on my side in the battle to arrest further deterioration in our communal spirit and collective health.