P.A. health minister makes landmark visit to Hadassah Hospital

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian Authority minister of health visited Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem reportedly for the first time.

Dr. Hanu Abdeen, accompanied by other senior officials from the Palestinian Authority, visited the hospital on Sunday and met some of the dozens of Palestinian physicians who are doing their residency training there.

The hospital said Abdeen was the first P.A. health minister to visit the facility.

Abdeen met with the hospital’s acting director-general and director of Hadassah-Ein Kerem, Dr. Yuval Weiss, in the pediatric hematology-oncology department, where 30 percent of the patients are Palestinian.

“Hadassah considers cooperation with our Palestinian neighbors a top priority,” Weiss said. “Medicine is a bridge to peace. There are no borders when it comes to treating patients.”

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