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Jaffa - يافا: Al-Dajani Private Hospital which had 50 beds & served 2,221 patients in 1944, was built in 1933 by Dr. Fouad Ismail Bakr Dajani



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Posted on September 3, 2000
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My 2 daughters - today in their mid 50's were born in the precious Dajani hospital. Today I read the wise words of Professor Dajani, a scion of this great family, in the wake of the Israel-Abu-Dhabi peace accords.
I was born in Dajani Hospital in 1957. glad the building is still there because i loved bringing my husband and children there to see it. find it very interesting to read about it's history. disappointed that the geriatric center now located there does not carry dr. dajani's name.
I was born in this hospital in 1950. A German doctor helped my mother through a difficult labour.
The art deco building was built by a Jewish architect for an Arab doctor who led a staff of Arab, Jewish and international medical professionals.
I hope and pray that this place's history will inspire all people to live together in peace and mutual respect.
A nice article appears today in the NY Times and I thought it was relevant for the Jaffa's Dajani Hospital:

A Roundabout Named Dajani

JAFFA, ISRAEL -- Moments of hope are rare in this miserable, interminable Israeli-Palestinian conflict, so archaic in its colonial character, so postmodern in the methods Israel uses to oppress the Palestinians living under its rule.

There was one such moment around the time Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization signed the Oslo Accords in 1993. Soon after, the Israeli filmmaker Esther Dar contacted my mother proposing to make a documentary film about her and some friends, two Palestinian Arabs and two Israeli Jews who had spent four years together at an Anglican boarding school in Jerusalem, starting in 1939, during the British Mandate in Palestine. "Four Friends" shows Salma Dajani and Wedad Shehadeh, and Olga Belkind and Sharona Aharon in their seventies, going back to visit their old school more than a half-century after leaving it.

In the film, Salma and my mother, Wedad, also return to their old homes in Jaffa. Their families had been forced out in 1948, after the Israeli declaration of independence. It was an emotional visit. Salma couldn't hold back tears when she saw the state of her father's grave on the grounds of the Dajani Hospital, which he had established in 1933. "Four Friends" shows her addressing Israel and lamenting: "You have taken everything. At least allow us to take care of his grave."

When the film was broadcast on Israeli television a decade ago, a retired architect from Tel Aviv felt outrage. He started a small campaign on the Dajanis' behalf. Eventually, he obtained permission for the family to place a tombstone at the hospital. He also recommended that the joint municipal council for Tel Aviv-Jaffa name a street after Salma's father, Dr. Fouad Dajani.

This took many years. But last Sunday, under a mild sky with white wispy clouds, some two hundred guests collected in the roundabout in the center of Jaffa to rename it in honor of the Palestinian Arab who founded the first private hospital in the city. Many members of the Dajani family came for the occasion, and from different parts of the world. Because Israel considers them "absentees," they had to enter the country on foreign passports.

We waited for the mayor. Dark clouds gathered. Louis Armstrong's "What a Beautiful World" played. Looking overhead, the master of ceremonies, an Arab resident of Jaffa whose grandfather had stubbornly refused to leave his house here despite frequent bomb explosions, said he wished the rain would be delayed.

The ceremony began. Speeches were made promoting unity between Jaffa and Tel Aviv and cooperation between Arabs and Jews. The local head of the Islamic movement said that Jaffa, once a center of culture and medicine, was now being reborn. An Arab from the municipal council told the story of a 93-year-old Jewish woman who had worked as a nurse at the Dajani Hospital in the 1930s. When she applied for the job, Dajani had told her, "In this hospital, we speak Arabic." Here was a moment of civility between Jews and Arabs living together in Palestine. It belied Israel's insistence that the war of 1948 was inevitable.

Of the women featured in "Four Friends," only Olga Belkind was alive and well enough to attend the ceremony on Sunday. She lives in Jaffa now. As the event proceeded I thought of my mother, whose family house we had passed on our way, and of my father, whose law office my brother had pointed out. I thought of the difficulties they had endured after being forced out of Jaffa.

In the back of the audience, a young Israeli woman was standing, holding up a placard that said, "Everyone Speaks About Peace But No One Speaks About Return." She was from Zochrot (Remembering), an Israeli nongovernmental organization that seeks to raise public awareness, especially among Jews in Israel, about the nakba -- the catastrophe, the beginning of the Palestinians' forced exodus in 1948.

When I approached her I found by her side the Israeli architect who had started this whole enterprise. He was asking her to go home. He thought she was complicating matters by raising the issue of the nakba. "This is a personal initiative that should not be politicized," he told her. Politics will frighten Israelis, making it impossible to name any other street in Jaffa after the Arabs who once lived here. She held her ground and refused to leave.

A single roundabout in a city where 125,000 Arabs lived over a half-century ago now bears the name of one of its famous residents (never mind that the word for "hospital" on the commemorative plaque was misspelled in Arabic). Yet the Dajani Hospital for which that man is being honored remains in the hands of the Israeli state -- a state that continues to deny the rights of his descendants, calling them absentees and refusing to treat them even as refugees.

Still, it was a beautiful Sunday afternoon, and it did not rain.

Raja Shehadeh, a lawyer and writer living in Ramallah, is the author of "A Rift in Time" and "Palestinian Walks." His new book, "Occupation Diaries," will be published in August.
I am the youngest and the last surviving son of Dr. Fuad Dajani. I was born in my father's hospital three months before his death. As a result of our own diaspora, Dr. Dajani's six children (all of us born in Palestine) have five different nationalities between us. I, myself, am a U.S. citizen. Although I never knew my father, I am very proud of his achievements and good deeds. It is very rewarding to his memory that a square/roundabout, adjacent to his hospital, will be dedicated next February 26 to honor his good name!
With all my respect to the work Dr. Paul Erhlich (1854-1915) devoted to the field of science and to mankind, it would have been much nicer to name another street in his name, than to replace the name of Dr. Fouad Dajani's (1890-1940) Street, who also devoted his life to mankind.
Hello i was born in 1964 in Dajani hospital,although the zionists called it Tsahalon,people called streets ,neighbourhoods and places by the original Arabic names,for many years,until about the 1970's. i am a jew,and ashamed of the Nakba, my grandparents on my maternal side arrived in Palestine in 1934 and 1935, when the Zionists conquered Jaffa, they were instructed to invade the Arab's property, they were living in Tel Aviv,and didn't need to move to Jaffa, it was a trick by the Zionists, It is very good that you remember and don't forget, inchallah,you will be able to return,or at least,if you want ,to get back what belongs to you, keep all the records , certificates, documents and whatever you have, tell your children and grandchildren what has happened,

Avi W.
The Zionist settlers of Palestine changed the name of Dr. Fouad Dajani Street (Jaffa map 1944) to "Dr. Erlich Street", and the name of his looted hospital to "Zahalon Geriatric Center".
On the current Israeli maps the Dajani Hospital is located on the southwest corner of "Sderot Yerushalim" (south-north direction and "Dr. Erlich Street" (east-west direction). Before al-Nakba (era before 1948), the hospital was located at Al-Nuzha neighborhood on the southwest corner of Al-Nuzha Street and Dawlat Street (Al-Nuzha Street changed its name to King George's Street or Jamal Pasha's Street north of this intersection).
We are Al.Masry family, My father's and grandfather's house was beside Dr. Faud's hospital
As a child I was hospitalized in this hospital. I love to come and see the house in which we lived in Jaffa. A very beautiful house, with arches and trees. It belonged to Arabs from Jaffa, who, I believe fled to Jordan.
I love the pictures, especialy the old ones which reflect the glorious days of Jaffa.
Salam, Miri
عائلة جدي عادل ياسين الكيالي كانت تسكن مقابل المستشفى والبيت ملك عائلة النابلسي
هذا المستشفى كان في منطقة النزهة
I am a pharmacist and my father is a doctor i was told that my grandmother gave birth to my uncle in this hospital inshalla one day me or my children will go back and work there........
موجود في يافا ويستخدم للولاده
Do you know where this hospital is located? if you do i could find out for you if it still exists and stands, and what it is used as these days..

Bint yaffa
hi my name is haeen ibraheem asaad fares hamaad. iam 14 years old.i live in QATAR iam from yafa.i love the pic of yafa. yafa is very nice. i was suprised wen i saw the pic.i hope one day that all the families of yafa will meet and come together as one family. i want say Hiiiii to all my fellow frends of yafa.bye bye
وما زال قبره موجود في هدا المستشفى
This is my Grandfathers hospital on the compound there was also the family house we need to get this back from the Israelis. My Grandfather is actually buried on the land.
I was told that this belonged to my grandfather. The Dajani should continue to provide their people with good healthcare and live up to their reputation.