Thursday, March 29, 2007

Kids die because of Arab pride (updated)

A cryptic article was posted to the Ma'an News website:
Ramallah - Ma'an - A young Palestinian child has died in vague circumstances in a hospital in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

The doctors of the hospital refused to speak to Ma'an about the case.

However, Ma'an has learnt that a forensic doctor arrived at the hospital and took samples from the baby girl and another child who was also suffering from the same condition. The doctor will take the samples to Amman, Jordan for further examinations and checks.
It sounds like a child died from some sort of disease, that may be contagious, and it is scary enough that the hospital places a news embargo.

Now, let's pretend that Palestinian Arabs truly wanted to live in peace with Israel. Wouldn't they want Israel's doctors to look at this case?
  • Israel's doctors are better, by any measure, than Jordan's.
  • If it is a contagious disease, Israel has great incentive to determine the cause and contain it.
  • Israeli hospitals do not discriminate between Jew and Arab, and they have treated thousands of Palestinian Arabs who are not citizens.
  • This could be a perfect opportunity to build bridges of peace between Israel and the PalArabs.
The only conceivable reason for not asking for help from Israel is because PalArabs do not want to look as if they can't handle the problem themselves. Admitting that Israel is better equipped to find a solution is yet another blow to Arab pride, and it is better to endanger the second kid and whoever else may have this problem than to appear weak and ineffective.

For Palestinian Arab leaders, 1984 lives: War Is Peace, Freedom is Slavery; Ignorance is Strength.

UPDATE: Ma'an was wrong; the Palestinian Arabs did call Israel for help and for the first time since the Intifada, and Israeli ambulance went to Ramallah and picked up the sick (possibly poisoned) child. YNet has all the details.