Friday, May 31, 2013

Myth vs. Fact

Palestinian Newspaper Admits: Israel Helps Palestinians
By: Rachel Avraham
Despite the Israeli-Arab conflict, a Palestinian newspaper has recognized how Israel’s Hadassah Medical Center has helped the Palestinian people.
Hadassah Hospital
Hadassah Hospital
According to Palestinian Media Watch, the Palestinian Minister of Health, Hani Abdeen visited the Israeli Hadassah Hospital. This is the first visit by a Palestinian minister to one of the most important Israeli hospitals. 
Hospital director Yuval Weiss said "We relate to patients without regard to nationality and religion. We treat Muslims, Christians, Jews, and other nationalities without bias, and 30% of the patients who are children are Palestinians."
Israel’s medical establishment has always worked to save Palestinian lives with the same vigor that they save Israeli lives. In fact, a 2012 report from the World Health Organization found that Israel approved 91.5 percent of all Palestinian applications to receive medical care within the State of Israel. Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli organization, has saved the lives of 3,000 children, of who half were hailing from the Palestinian Authority. 
Hani Abdeen visits Palestinian children
at Israeli Hadassah Hospital

The fact that the official PA daily Al Hayat Al Jadida has recognized these facts is very refreshing, especially given the routine incitement that occurs against Israel in this publication, as well as other Palestinian newspapers. 
For example, in the past, the Al Hayat Al Jadida publication has accused Israel of murdering and poisoning Palestinian prisoners, and declared that Israel withholds “elementary human rights from Palestinian children.” 
Indeed, this one article was a rare example where the Al Hayat Al Jadida publication showed Israel in a positive light, as a country that helps rather than hurts Palestinians.

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