Nonfiction | January 05, 2022

Terrorist DocUsing a scalpel, I made incision across the length of the baseball-sized mass in the patient’s upper eyelid. Within seconds, like walking in a dense fog, I was struggling to identify any recognizable and normal anatomical structures. I worried we would cut right through some vital tissue without realizing it. As if the delicate, hours-long procedure to remove the baseball-sized mass over her eye wasn’t nerve-wracking enough. I was also stressed that as a result of my more or less smuggling this patient—a five-year-old Palestinian girl from Gaza—into my hospital in Israel for a risky surgery, I might be fired or arrested at any moment, for “aiding terrorists.”

If you are a student, faculty member, or staff member at an institution whose library subscribes to Project Muse, you can read this piece and the full archives of the Missouri Review for free. Check this list to see if your library is a Project Muse subscriber.