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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Arab-Christian Hospital Receives Honor from Israeli Knesset

The Nazareth Hospital has become the first non-Jewish hospital to receive the annual Chairman of the Knesset award for its service to the predominately Arab community in Northern Galilee region of Israel.

The 150-year-old hospital, which is run by the U.K. Christian charity, The Nazareth Trust, received the award for “demonstrating a positive, national impact on the country, its cross-community cultural sensitivity, educational outreach and contribution to Arab healthcare,” according to a press release.
“At a time when the world is focused on conflict and its aftermath in the Middle East, it is significant for an organisation such as ours—that is a Scottish Christian Charity, delivering the general hospital in an Arab city, in the Jewish State of Israel—and even older than the Modern State of Israel itself—to be honoured by the Israeli Parliamentary body in this way,” said Joseph R. Main, CEO, The Nazareth Trust.
The Chairman of the Knesset award is presented annually to recognize organizations that have made a contribution of national importance to communities and the wider society.