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The Jewish doctors and the angry Hamas father

by Brad A. Greenberg

July 23, 2010 | 11:20 am

Crazy story from YNet about a Palestinian who murdered an Israeli police officer about two weeks after he was permitted into Jerusalem so his 6-year-old daughter could have a tumor removed from her eye, an operation funded by an Israeli non-profit:

Now, imagine that the security establishment would have refused to allow the girl an entry permit to Jerusalem. Merciful human rights organizations and physicians without borders would immediately feed the media with yet another story of the indifference shown by the occupier’s government: A story about a sick Palestinian girl, concerned parents, and a military roadblock.

According to the rhetoric common around here in such cases, someone would have remarked that later we nonetheless wonder why the Palestinians hate us.

Well, the occupation authorities showed mercy to the family in question, without the intervention of the High Court of Justice or human rights group B’Tselem, and the girl was treated at the Jerusalem hospital.

Yet despite this, her father the terrorist did not manage to get rid of his hatred.

A lot of interesting talking points here. Should Israel have allowed the man in? Should anyone expect that an act of kindness is going to turn a Hamas member into Masab Yousef? And what does it take to qualify for aid from this unidentified non-profit?

Read the news story that his op-ed was based on here.

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