“When we walked into Hadassah, the diversity of people within the hospital–both patients and professionals–was striking,” report three Stanford (CA) University students, who spent their college winter break on a campus leaders mission to Israel, where they were impressed by patients and staff at the Hadassah Medical Center.

Aly Cash, Jaih Hunter-Hill, and Amrita Rao spoke with Amjhed, a Jordanian medical resident who, they say, “considers it an honor to work at Hadassah, not only because of its international prestige, but also because of its moral philosophy of non-discrimination.” Amjhed lives in the West Bank and travels through a checkpoint on his way to and from work very day. He told them that the process takes about an hour and a half, but he considers it similar to going through airport security–something people get used to and willingly endure for their own safety.

The people they heard from during their mission provided “an incredibly assorted set of perspectives to reframe our thinking about the country.” Read their full Op-Ed article at http://www.stanforddaily.com/2014/03/10/winter-in-israel-part-iii-the-challenge-of-pluralism