In Israel, there are quite a lot of criticism about the condition of the hospitals, the overcrowding and the treatment, but it seems that while the Israelis are complaining, there are those who choose to take this matter a step further and go to receive medical treatment at St. Joseph, an Arab hospital in eastern Jerusalem.
In a phenomenon that is developing in the hospital, one can also see a chareidi woman who chose to give birth to her son in the Arab hospital, after she said that she was hurt by abusive treatment in hospitals in Jerusalem.
According to Yossi Eli’s report on News 10, the small hospital, owned by the French Church, welcomes with open arms both the Jewish patients and the Palestinians, some of whom were injured during the fighting in Gaza.
Joanna Hazan, a young chareidi woman who immigrated to Israel from Britain three years ago, chose to give birth to her first child in the Arab hospital. In a conversation with News 10, she said: “For two years I had failed attempts to bring life into the world, and in other hospitals in Israel I had negative experiences,” describing a difficult experience during medical treatment at an Israeli hospital.
About three weeks ago, B’shaa Tova, Joanna gave birth to her eldest son in the Arab hospital and he has since been named Gavriel Chaim.
Another Jewish mother who gave birth at the hospital added: “It does not feel unusual, the staff is calming and the atmosphere here is amazing.”
It should be noted that other Jews appeared in the article who chose to receive medical treatment at the hospital, most of them – as stated – in the maternity ward.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)