A Doctor in Galilee: The Life and Struggle of a Palestinian in Israel

by Kanaaneh, Hatim


Scarcely any personal narratives of the lives of Israel’s Arab minority exist. Kanaaneh’s fascinating exposure of this little known subject is written with passion and authority. Essential reading for students of the Israel/Palestine conflict. (Dr Ghada Karmi)A moving account of the plight of the Palestinians by one of them – a physician struggling to alleviate his people’s lot (Desmond M. Tutu, Archbishop Emeritu)

The book blends the personal with the political, the past with the present and the emotional commitment with the rational analysis. It is a fascinating first hand account from the perspective of a Palestinian who defeats the imposed partition of the land and the fragmentation of its people: he belongs to Palestine on both sides … both a native of the land and a refugee in it. (Ilan Pappe)

Hatim Kanaaneh sheds a unique light on the lives of … Palestinians in a beautifully readable and engrossing memoir. His account of the rank racial discrimination, difficult social circumstances and pervasive poverty of most Palestinians in the Jewish state is leavened by Kanaaneh’s humour and his eye for striking detail. This is a truly touching book that is hard to put down. (Rashid Khalidi)

Kanaaneh succeeds brilliantly in bringing to light his community, and “the wall of seclusion and concealment” behind which Israel has isolated its Palestinian citizens. (Emma Williams, The Lancet)

About the Author

Dr Hatim Kanaaneh completed his medical and public health degrees at Harvard in 1970. He then returned to Galilee where, in 1973, he became the Public Health Doctor of the sub-district of Acre. He is the founder of the NGO, the Galilee Society (The Arab National Society for Health Research and Services).