Israeli and Arab Doctors Break Every Stereotype in the Middle East

by Phil Schneider

Israeli and Arab doctors work together every day of the year. And they service Israeli Jews and Arabs every day of the year.  Hadassah hospital serves as an island of the best side of humanity in the State of Israel.


For the last bunch of decades, Arab, Jewish, and Christian patients continue to receive identical care in Israeli state-of-the-art hospitals.  Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem, a state-of-the-art hospital even precedes the State of Israel by a few decades.  Despite all of Israel’s Arab-Israeli issues, racial and ethnic tensions are relaxed by the multi-ethnic doctors who serve the population.  They serve everyone with respect, professionalism, and understanding.  It is a given that everybody receives the same high-level treatment.

A Jew saving an Arab’s life in a Hospital

In this short clip, NBC features a liver transplant from an Israeli Jew to an Arab man. Who performed the operation? Jewish and Arab doctors at Hadassah Hospital.  This kind of thing happens all of the time in Israel. The media does an excellent job in this clip pointing out the beautiful human side of Israeli Jewish and Israeli Arab doctors. Almost everyone at some point visits a hospital in Israel. It is truly an island of calm and peaceful cooperation between all Israelis.

A model for all of Israel?

But Israeli hospitals are so much more than that.  They are a perfect example of what Israeli society could one day become. Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs can learn alot from Israeli and Arab doctors. When the focus of people’s energies is to better the society they live in despite differences, then you end up with stories like this. Will the Arab population in Israel choose to channel their energies into positive activities? Or will they continue to struggle against the existence of Israel?
The model and the choice is there. Perhaps one day, the State of Israel will become more like Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem.

The founders of the United States of America succeeded in keeping religious passions at bay by encouraging free enterprise.  Perhaps Israel will succeed one day in a similar vein when the citizenry of the State have a non-religious focus that will dominate their lives.

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