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Naomi Ragen is an American-born novelist and playwright who has lived in Jerusalem since 1971. She has published seven internationally best-selling novels, and is the author of a hit play.

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PostThu Aug 07, 2008 6:03 am     The Way We Are    

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By Naomi Ragen
August 6, 2008

According to an article in Hebrew on YNET written by Shmulik
Hadad, a 32 year-old Palestinian woman gave birth to
quadruplets in Barzilai Hospital in Ashkelon in her 32nd week.
Barzilai, which has suffered from bombing attacks out of Gaza,
took her in two months ago and she has been under constant
medical supervision. She delivered two boys and two girls by
casarean section, and the babies are being cared for in the
neonatal nursery for preemies. "She is a very pleasant woman,
and it was enjoyable to care for her," said Professor Entebbe.
"Her isolation touched my heart," said the nurse in charge. "I
felt so sorry for her. It's so sad to give birth all alone, with
none of your family around. For her, this is a foreign country.
Before the operation, I went into her and wished her well and
hugged her and kissed her. She was very surprised and grateful."

"We have quite a few Palestinian patients in our hospital," said
Prof. Entebbe. "Even when the bomb from Gaza fell on us, there
were Palestinians being treated here. Their bills are paid for by
a number of bodies, including the European Union. It's my hope
that the dedicated care they are receiving here will create an
opening for good neighborly relations between us."

Again and again, we see Israelis behaving and speaking this way.
No matter what their enemies do. I suppose that is why we get
such bad press. The media just can't figure out what planet we
are from, that we refuse to change our behavior no matter how our
enemies treat us. It's why I love this country and her people so
very much.



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