The Israelis have routinely treated in their hospitals many sorts of Arabs. Not just the Arab citizens of Israel, who can count on a level of medical care to be found nowhere else in the Muslim world, care often heavily subsidized or at free clinics, but also West Bank “Palestinians.” Israel’s doctors do not distinguish patients by religion or ethnicity; need is all that matters.
A particularly telling example of this attitude is that of Jibril Rajoub, one of the leaders in Fatah who for decades has been praising terrorists and others who murder Jews. In June 2012, as head of the Palestine Olympic Committee, Rajoub called a request for a minute of silence to remember the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the Munich Olympics by Palestinian terrorists in 1972 “racist.” Rajoub told Hezbollah-affiliated television network Al Mayadeen that “until now we have not had nuclear weapons, but in the name of Allah, if we had nuclear weapons, we’d be using them.” In August 2018, Rajoub was fined CHF 20,000 (US$20,333) and banned from FIFA matches for a year for inciting hatred and violence against an Argentinian team proposing to play a friendly match in Israel.
This past February, Rajoub declared that “in every city in Palestine, from Rafah to Jenin, there is an Israeli Auschwitz to massacre Palestinians.” Israelis, in his telling, are the new Nazis, setting up their mini-Auschwitzes everywhere, murdering innocent Palestinians just as Nazis once murdered Jews.
Three months later, Jibril Rajoub decided to check himself in for treatment at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. He had chosen to be treated by Jewish doctors and other medical staff – members of the very people he claimed murdered Palestinians the way Nazis murdered the Jews. Rajoub’s decision to seek treatment from Israeli doctors, and their willingness to provide it, tells us two things. First, so profound is their humanity that the Israelis are willing to treat even those who promote terrorism against them. Second, Jibril Rajoub shows that for all his own denunciation of the Israelis for their supposed evils, he knows perfectly well that he can trust them with his life; his seeking treatment at the Tel Aviv hospital was all the evidence one needed that Rajoub knew his lifetime of statements about Jewish wickedness were false.
Did Rajoub, having been successfully treated by Israeli medical personnel in an Israeli hospital, emerge at all chastened? Did he tamp down his hysterical hatred of the Israelis? He did not. Instead, he repeated the “Auschwitz” charge he had made in February. He told Kuwaiti TV channel Sawt Al-Arab on July 8, two months after he had been treated at Ichilov Hospital, that “Auschwitz is here in every city in Palestine.” He equated the Nazi death camp to Israel’s “systematic policy, with barbaric and racist living conditions and conduct in order to cause physical and mental harm to these prisoners.”
No one has yet asked Jibril Rajoub why he chose to be treated in an Israeli hospital, by Israeli doctors, and why he apparently had no fear that they might try to harm him, given how evil he thinks they are. Wouldn’t killing him have made sense?
Should Jibril Rajoub again need medical attention, do you doubt that he would again go to an Israeli hospital, staffed with Israeli doctors? And do you have the slightest doubt that they would, of course, as they did before, give him the very best care of which they are capable?
Why has no one in the mainstream Western media reported on Jibril Rajoub and his stay in an Israeli hospital, and his immediate reversion to murderous type once he was out of the hospital, again labelling Israelis as Nazi-like in their treatment of the Palestinians? Is it because such a story makes Israelis look good, and the Palestinian patient in question as a murderous hypocrite? Yes, I’m afraid so.
Here is another story about Israeli ethics that has been similarly overlooked by the world’s media:
In 2015, the Israel Medical Association adopted new rules for the treatment of the wounded. These new rules, formulated by the IMA’s Ethics Bureau, replaced an earlier directive based on the principle of “charity begins at home,” which enabled medical professionals to treat victims first, the Israel Hayom newspaper reported.
From now on, medical personnel in Israel were instructed to treat terrorists and their victims identically. Triage would be performed irrespective of the guilt or innocence, the religion or ethnicity, of the wounded. All that now matters is the severity of the wound.
In other words, it is possible that a severely wounded terrorist would receive treatment first from an Israeli medic, while a victim of that terrorist, wounded only slightly less severely, might have to wait for treatment, and possibly even die as a result of that wait. But the Israelis insist they will not distinguish between Palestinian terrorists and Israeli victims, and will provide equal medical care to both, performing triage on the basis only of the severity of the injuries. How many other nations have medical personnel who would agree to that? Doesn’t that rule say something about Israeli humanity? That they are willing to treat wounded terrorists even before those they tried to murder? Again, why have we not learned about this Israeli rule in the Western media? Is it yet another example of suppressing news that makes Israel look good? Of course it is. There is no end to this.
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