The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Saving lives, creating peace

Israeli and Palestinian doctors build medical bridges to help children with cancer

For two years Yusri Saifi’s infectious smile lit the rooms of young cancer patients at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. “Nobody cared that I was Palestinian,” he says. “They cared that I was a doctor. I was one of the team and had the same opportunities aseverybody else.’’

Until April, he was one of several doctors serving this Jewish hospital in West Jerusalem. That’s when the Palestinian doctor finished his residency and began serving as the lone pediatric oncologist at Augusta Victoria Hospital, a ministry the Lutheran World Federation owns and operates in mostly Arab East Jerusalem.

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