I spent time in Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem seeing how collaboration between Arab and Jewish staff has led to a hugely successful hospital. With the political climate being volatile in Israel and casualties of war on both sides it is so important that medical institutes remain safe places for anybody who needs care. It spoke volumes being there and seeing what happens when people choose to work together and in the process become trusting and less prejudiced. The link to the article I wrote for The Independent can be found in the features and articles section.

Professor Elie Picard lost his son in an attack in Gaza in 2002. He told me working with Arabs colleagues and patients has been "part of the healing process."

Professor Elie Picard lost his son in an attack in Gaza in 2002. He told me working with Arabs colleagues and patients has been "part of the healing process."

Prof. Elie Picard operating on a young Arab woman. 

Prof. Elie Picard operating on a young Arab woman. 

A very unwell three month old Arab baby boy is rushed to Shaare Zedek hospital. 

A very unwell three month old Arab baby boy is rushed to Shaare Zedek hospital. 

An Arab man and an Israeli man in the hospital's gym, both recovering from the same kind of heart related operation. 

An Arab man and an Israeli man in the hospital's gym, both recovering from the same kind of heart related operation. 

Children and families from both cultures can be found together in the hospital. 

Children and families from both cultures can be found together in the hospital. 

An arab brother and sister doing activities with an Israeli teacher in the hospital. 

An arab brother and sister doing activities with an Israeli teacher in the hospital.