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Fearless Gush Etzion Doctor Makes House Calls in Palestinian Villages

Dr. Yitz Glick in front of the Palestinian village he visits every week.

Dr. Yitz Glick in front of the Palestinian village he visits every week.
Photo Credit: Natan Epstein, Tazpit News Agency

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On a day when snow still covers the Judean hills, a Jewish doctor from Efrat drives into the Wadi Nis Palestinian village. He is greeted by the locals with smiles and warm hellos. “There’s the doctor,” says one woman to another as Dr. Yitzchak Glick lowers his car window to say hello.

To the villagers of Wadi Nis and six other Palestinian villages in the Gush Etzion region, the kippah-wearing Dr. Glick is a familiar and welcome face. This U.S. born doctor, who made aliyah with his parents in 1974, makes personal house calls every week, providing medical treatment free of charge to Palestinian patientss.

When Dr. Glick sees Mohammed, a construction worker he treated for injuries from a fall from a building a couple of years ago, he stops and gets out of the car. Wearing a red and white keffiyeh headdress, Mohammed greets Dr. Glick with a hug and the two converse like old friends.

“The people here don’t forget what I and other doctors from Efrat have done,” Glick says. “From treating expectant mothers and providing free medicine to saving lives, you become part of their families.”

The connection runs so deep, that the Arab villagers have alerted Efrat authorities on several occasions against terror cells that were approaching the Jewish enclave.

But Glick, a religious Zionist, not only provides medical care to Palestinians in the vicinity of their homes. In 2000, the Efrat doctor, who also travels once a month to work in a hospital emergency room in Cleveland, Ohio, founded the Efrat Emergency Medical Center (EEMC) during the second Intifada. Glick has been serving as the center’s medical director, as a volunteer, for nearly 14 years.

The medical center serves both Israelis and Palestinians in Gush Etzion, treating anywhere from 50 to 100 patients a day, providing emergency care, Magen David Adom (EMT), radiology, pharmacy, and women’s health services. In total, EEMC provides medical care to about 50,000 people from the Gush Etzion-Hebron area.

Efrat Emergency Medical Center. Photo credit: Natan Epstein, Tazpit News Agency.

Efrat Emergency Medical Center. Photo credit: Natan Epstein, Tazpit News Agency.

“There have always been good neighborly relations between many of the local Palestinians and the community of Efrat,” says Dr. Glick.

“In the medical field, doctors are used to treating patients from all walks of life. Here in Gush Etzion, it’s no different – everyone is treated with respect and accorded quality medical care,” Glick adds.

The doctor is also well-known for his treatment of Israeli terror and traffic accident victims, arriving first on scene. He has received the Presidential Award for Volunteerism from President Shimon Peres in 2009 and the Moskowitz Prize for Zionism in 2012.

Dr. Glick, along with his right-hand man and EEMC development manager Yossi Hass, describe how, during the recent snowstorm in Efrat, an ambulance volunteer discovered a Palestinian suffering from hypothermia in the Hebron area. The volunteer brought the man to the medical center, where he was treated and remained through the snowy night.

“There are so many stories like this that happen daily,” said Dr. Glick. “They show another side of reality – where Jewish and Arab residents live together and do their best for each other.”

According to Nave Dromi, a spokesperson for Blue&White Human Rights the public, both in Israel and abroad, has no awareness of such co-existence initiatives.

“It is little known to even many Israelis, that there are Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria who ensure human rights for all the citizens in the region, specifically for Palestinians,” says Dromi.

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50 Responses to “Fearless Gush Etzion Doctor Makes House Calls in Palestinian Villages”

  1. Luzia Alves says:

    May the Almighty keep him from the evil as he helps those in need regardless the dangers involved.

  2. Les Le Gear says:

    He's got a good heart; but in my opinion, and I hope I'm wrong, the arab savages will eventually murder him.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Dr Glick

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dr glick is doing G-d"s work!
    Let the NYT get this story!!

  5. If these stories made the New York Times often enough, the Terrorists would make super efforts to destroy all that has been done here.

  6. Jutta Levey says:

    This wonderful to that there is still compassion and love abounding

  7. Daniel Zanger says:

    Helene you will recall we hosted a fundraiser a few years ago with Dr Yitz Glick for the Efrat Med Ctr

  8. Proud to be moving there.
    Can't wait to be the Efrat Clinic Pulmonologist. Sign me up!!

  9. Lisa Kamins says:

    what this does not show, is that the Palestinians although they value Israeli/Jewish medical care, given the right or wrong situation, they will murder with impunity, doctors, nurses, the sick. they have done this, they have sent suicide bombers whose ultimate destination was meant to be hospitals, that G-d they were caught before. they have blown up wonderful doctors, in case anyone has already forgotten, Dr. Applebaum who was department head of the emergency medical care at Shaarei Tzedek, and the bombing were both he and his daughter were murdered. the Palestinian educational system conditions/brainwashes them, as well as what they learn in Koran and in the mosque, to hate and want to kill Jews, Israelis and all infidels. this is sad, but true, like it or not.

  10. Shahd W. says:

    savages are actually your likes that did not read the story, that generalize and categorize whole nations into a small box of one type, while having no idea about reality. Blind media brainwashed idiots -usually politically in power- are pretty much the savages, not your likes' victims -usually attacked by your states.

  11. Arabs, not Palestinians and not Falestiniansas thay call themselfs. Arabs!
    Do you know who are the Palestinians?
    Do you know that the largest mosque in Gaza was a synagogue less than a hundred years ago? Did you know that a hundred and fifty years ago, most of Gaza's population was Jews and Christians? The Jewish population in Gaza ended with the pogrom of 1928. The last Christian murdered three years ago after Hamas came to power.
    To understand the present we need to learn about the past. That is why this information is for people who think and are not afraid to ask hard questions.
    I made a short presentation on two UN organizations dealing with refugees. UNHCR organization caring for refugees from around the world.
    And UNRWA organization who cares for Arab refugees who fought against the Jewish state – Israel.
    Here is also a page of the changes made to UNRWA's refugee definition in recent years after I published the presentation
    Please read this short article and visit all the links to get more information..

    And this article.
    And also the Interior Minister of Hamas indicates that the historical facts which I present are true. From his explanation, it is understandable that was made a deception of identity theft.
    If so, what are the real causes of the Arab war against Israel?
    Here's a real explanation from the mouths of imams in mosques.
    It is very important to know that Branding the Jews and their state Israel as "occupiers", gives Arab the legitimacy to remove the occupier in any way they choose, including terrorism against civilians. Therefore they insist to preserve and to leverage this branding. But anyone who is interested in reaching a peace must be recruited for switching it off.
    And here you have a person who explains it the best way.
    And also Sheikh Palazzi
    and Dr. Tawfik Hamid, who was a member of Alkaaida. Now he loves Israel and is trying to change Islam in order to achieve peace.
    One more point. During this period there were refugees UNRWA, were also created one million refugees that the UN did everything to forget about them.

  12. Place your bets : who'll cover this story first?
    a. BBC
    b. CNN
    c. Al Jazeera
    d. All three simultaneously

  13. Debbie Niderberg says:

    Wow. So inspiring.

  14. Neal Amsel says:

    Pretty sure I went to KBY with Dr, Glick way back when. He was a great guy then, just as he is now.

  15. I wont taken that bet. There is no "share".

  16. Rachel Steiner says:

    Not all Arabs are savages – some are fantastic children's dentists and doctors in obs and gyny at Hadassa . And some are fellow students who put brown and pink together well .

  17. Yechiel Baum says:

    A Jewish doctor making house calls is a novelty. It would be more appreciated if he did so to the elderly Shoah survivors for free since they would appreciate and deserve it.

  18. Zo kan het ook. Een Israelische huisarts die patienten in Arabische dorpen opzoekt.

  19. Leon Chattah says:

    Very good and very interesting. One question, where do the Arab physicians practice? Or there aren't any? He does not charge for his services but he seems well dressed and fed, who pays him? I really feel he should first follow Yechiel Baum's advice… then, if he still have time and energy do this other 'physicianly deed'…
    Lisa Kamins and Yona Levy Grosman should be also listened to by this Good Samaritan, unless he is a Left Wing radical dressed in religious Hipocratic clothes, tramping medicine and religious with politics!

  20. Chana Rosenthal Schorr says:

    I think he's being irresponsible. He has 5 children and a wife to look after…

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