As long as Israel prevents Arabs from becoming heart surgeons, there will be no true equality:
David Mishali, was interviewed on TV Channel 10 along with his wife, journalist Yael Mishali, who expressed their feelings of frustration following the abduction of three yeshiva boys – two of whom study alongside their son at Mekor Haim yeshiva high school.
Dr. Mishali, an expert on heart defects, told the television reporter that he has been operating on patients of all nationalities for decades and it never mattered to him where the patient was from. But after the abduction, he said, he no longer feels the same way. His wife, Yael, who identifies as on the left end of the political spectrum, opined that Israel must stop treating Palestinian Authority (PA) children until the Jewish kids who were abducted are handed back.
Dr. Mishali explained that he suddenly finds himself going to work with a heavy heart, knowing that he has to treat Palestinian children, many of whom, come from Hevron – the very city the kidnapped Israeli teens are thought to be held.
“I’m tired of being the bleeding heart who helps the needy,” he said. “It’s hypocritical,” he added, and said that instead of his usual joy at work, he currently feels depressed there.
You will note that he hasn’t stopped treating Arabs, that he’s been treating them without question or second thoughts for decades—during intifadas, suicide bombings, wars—only that he’s sick and tired of their [bleep]. As who is not?
At least one MK is not:
The Knesset erupted in angry invective Thursday when MK Ahmed Tibi, a former aide to the late PLO chief Yasser Arafat, slammed an Israel heart surgeon who expressed his mixed feelings in treating Palestinian Authority children.
Minister Uri Orbach (Jewish Home) took to the Knesset podium to defend Mishali, in response to Tibi’s parliamentary query on the matter. He told Tibi that Dr. Mishali did not say that he would stop treating Palestinian children – only that he would do so with a heavy heart and frustration. Tibi, he said, was purposely twisting Mishali’s words to make it seem that he had refused to treat Arabs. He also reminded Tibi that his own ethics could be questioned, in view of his long working relationship with Arafat.
In response, Tibi told Orbach that he has “a twisted head” and is “a fascist.”
“Arafat’s shoe is worth 10 people like you,” Tibi screamed. As Tibi was escorted out of the plenum, Orbach told him to leave his shoe behind, because it is worth more than he is.
Arabs and their shoe fetishes—I don’t get it. However, an interesting debate ensued:
Israel prides itself on treating Palestinian Authority Arabs in its hospitals, but some believe this policy goes too far.
Israeli media reports shortly after the abduction of the yeshiva boys said that the wife of Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas was convalescing in a top Tel Aviv hospital after undergoing surgery. The reports said that Abbas’ wife was being held under heavy security in a private room, with no roommates.
In November, it was reported that a granddaughter of Gaza’s Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh had been hospitalized in Israel in critical condition.
How many times have we reported on Israel’s treatment of Syrian wounded? Several.
Israel’s ethics are Israel’s to live with. If treating your sworn enemy—sworn to your annihilation—is part of your moral code, who am I to dissuade you? Similarly, if having your sworn enemy—sworn to your annihilation—serving in your Parliament (MK Tibi, MK Zoabi), calling you fascist, defaming a doctor who has saved countless Arab lives, is part of your moral code, don’t let me tell you otherwise.
But shame on Israel for limiting Hamass to terrorist summer camps. Imagine the benefit to Arab “society” (ha!) if the “terrorist entity” held medical summer camps, or even Bible study camps. More Arab doctors, Israel, fewer Arab terrorists: it’s up to you.
PS: You do get the sarcasm, don’t you?