My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Could you imagine the reverse?

Palestinian hospitals treating Israeli soldiers?
The wounded in the bitter Palestinian struggle between Hamas and Fatah fall in the dusty streets of Gaza, but it is to an Israeli hospital in this nearby coastal city that many are brought for treatment.

Officials at Ashkelon's Barzilai Medical Center say there is no political calculation behind the decision to take in the Palestinian wounded, who were arriving at a rate of several a day before the factions struck a deal in Saudi Arabia yesterday.

But when the father of a wounded security officer from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction tells a reporter that he wants "to say thank you to all of the people of Israel," it seems that the center's work is changing at least some hearts and minds.

The expression of warmth toward Israel came from Abdel Hamin Odeh, father of Adel Odeh, a Fatah fighter who was brought to Barzilai suffering a critical leg wound. By this week, he was shuffling gingerly though the halls with the help of a walker.

Mr. Odeh had first been taken to the Palestinian Al Quds Hospital in Gaza City, said the gunman's father, Abdel Hamin Odeh. "They took care of him, but not very well."

Barzilai's chief medical director, Ron Lobel, says the Israeli hospital has treated 124 patients from the Gaza Strip in the past year.

"We don't know if it's Hamas or Fatah, we don't know if they are civilian or armed forces, we just know they are injured," said Dr. Lobel. "It's something normal, between hospitals."


Anonymous Adrian MacNair said...

Actually I believe any doctor has a moral obligation to treat the wounded. It's another question whether Hamas would tolerate a Palestinian doctor tending to an Israeli soldier.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Brian in Calgary said...

It's another question whether Hamas would tolerate a Palestinian doctor tending to an Israeli soldier.

Considering that Hamas balks at recognizing the right of Israel to exist, and gets a large amount of it support from a nation (Iran) led by an anti-Jewish racist who is also a Holocaust denier, the answer is obvious.

3:51 PM  

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