Chief Complaint: A Palestinian Doctor in the Galilee

Palestine Square | ميدان فلسـطيـن

Born in Arrabeh, a village north of Nazareth in the Galilee (northern Israel), Hatim Kanaaneh became the first Western-trained physician to serve his village. For several decades, he acted as a primary doctor for his village and its surrounding environs. In that time, he became an unceasing public health advocate for the Palestinian community in Israel. An Israeli citizen, Dr. Kanaaneh recognized early on the Israel state’s disregard for the well-being of Palestinian citizens, a disregard made all the more stark when he witnessed the public services provided to nearby Jewish communities.

Chief_Complaint_nonfinal__51468.1420580262.450.800In his retirement, he set out to tell the world about the Palestinian citizens within Israel, perhaps the least written about Palestinian community. Seeking to relate those experiences, he has authored a collection of short stories. Chief Complaint: A Country Doctor’s Tales of Life in Galilee, published by Just World Books, is an extraordinary volume of high-spirited…

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