Traitor or humanitarian hero? The story of Dr. Walden

Dr. Raphael Walden has long straddled profoundly conflicting notions of his work to provide free medical care to impoverished Palestinians.

Moments after being granted passage through a heavily armed IDF checkpoint at the security barrier outside the West Bank village of Ni’lin, near Ramallah, Dr. Raphael Walden, deputy director of Sheba Medical Center, smiled.

“Welcome to Palestine,” he said to the roughly two-dozen Jewish and Israeli- Arab doctors, nurses, pharmacists and administrators traveling with him from Jerusalem in an oversized white van to treat ailing members of the village’s community, free of charge.

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