On November 28, 2013, children gathered at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. What do they have in common? They all have all undergone cardiac surgery, or are the brothers and sisters of these children. The only difference is that some of them are Palestinians, others Israelis, but try to guess the nationality of each kid under the makeup… Is Spiderman Israeli or Palestinian? Who really cares, and this is what matters.

Such gatherings are organized twice a year by “A Heart for Peace”, a collaborative project with Hadassah Hospital, which goal is to provide Palestinian infants and children born with congenital heart defects the specialized cardiac care and surgery that they need to survive. Such encounters are intended to continue the relationship that started during the children’s stay in the hospital and to further cultivate the climate of trust between the families.

As usual, the meeting ended with a joint lunch. This successful event was organized by Maya Meirovich from the Department of Pediatric Cardiology at Hadassah, and Dalia Bassa, Coordinator of the Public Health Department at the Judea-Samaria Civil Administration.