Last Thursday British trade union Unite voted for a complete boycott of Israeli goods and services. Its motion accused Israel of having “a policy of ethnic clensing” and being “a terror state way beyond apartheid”.
On the same day that Unite was passing this motion, 15-year-old Muhammed Kalalwe was working in his family’s fields in Jenin, which is a Palestinian city in the West Bank. He noticed a deadly viper snake and before he could stop it the snake had bitten him on his right hand. He was soon in enormous pain and in imminent danger of death.
His father rushed him to Jenin Hospital but they lacked the correct anti-serum. So he was taken to an Israeli hospital – the HaEmek Medical Center. There Muhammed and his father were greeted in Arabic and rushed to the emergency room where the boy’s life was saved by a team of doctors including both Jews and Arabs. He was kept in intensive care for two days and then moved to continue his recuperation in another ward.
Established in 1924, HaEmek Medical Center is a community hospital serving a population of Jews and Arabs. With a mixed medical staff of Jews and Arabs, its guiding philosophy is ‘Coexistence Through Medicine’.
Ethnic cleansing? Way beyond apartheid?
Unite, you revolt me.