Dr. Harb: From Ramallah To USA
Dr. “Shawki” Harb studied at the American Friends School and pursued his medical studies at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, where he graduated Magna cum Laude in 1965 and met with a beautiful German woman who would become his wife.
According to Dr. Harb, the IDF soldier used him several times as a human shield while raiding the Ramallah hospital. The last time the IDF used him as a human shield was on March 31 2002, when the occupation raided the hospital to enter patient’s rooms.Several soldiers put their rifles in his back and forced him to enter one room after another. The soldiers pushed him violently in his column. They beat the patients in their beds in front of his eyes. One of the patients, Rami Mohie Al-din was beaten severely, leading to change all the treatment which was planned for him. In the words of the doctor, the patients screamed loud while the occupation soldiers were beating them and saying “let them die”.“The soldiers also raided the recovery and operation rooms and forced me to open the entrance of the operations room for them, without taking into account the special status of this room”, said doctor Harb. “When they entered the outer door of the room, they asked me to open the inner door where there was a red line that prevents everyone from passing whthout wearing special disinfected clothes, covered from head to the feet.They spent hours searching and destroying the medical equipment in the hospital, threatening me, beating up people, yelling and investigating the patients, hitting them and breaking down some doors. They tied the hands of several patients and threw them to the ground with cuffed hands tied behind”. After hours of spreading horror in the hospital they left like thieves, said Dr. Harb