Shock Horror: Israel is Asking Questions before admitting Palestinians to Israeli hospitals

* Well, if that doesn’t call for another intifadah what will? Perhaps we need another Al Doura Hoax? Those evil Jews, what will they cook up next?

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JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel’s Shin Beth internal security service has increased its interrogations of people seeking to leave Hamas-run Gaza for medical treatment, a rights group said in a report on Monday.

Data collected by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel “indicates a rise in the number of Palestinian patients interrogated and forced to provide information as a precondition to exit Gaza for medical care,” it said.

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“Between January 2008 and March 2009, at least 438 patients have been summoned for… interrogations… as a precondition for the review of their applications for an exit permit for the purpose of accessing medical treatment outside of the strip,” it said.

Whereas in January 2008, 1.45 percent of people who had submitted applications to Israeli authorities to leave Gaza were questioned, that number rose to 17 percent in January 2009, the group said.

It said the Shin Beth had interrogated minors, photographed patients against their will; harassed, cursed and intimidated patients during questioning; and returned to Gaza patients who did not cooperate.

People seeking to leave Gaza for medical treatment find themselves “between a rock and a hard place” as they also face pressure from the Hamas rulers of Gaza, the group said.

Read more at AFP.

Well, the nerve of those horrible Israelis! Next thing you know, they will be asking for proof of insurance. (Or payment!)

2 thoughts on “Shock Horror: Israel is Asking Questions before admitting Palestinians to Israeli hospitals”

  1. Melanie Phillips wrote the following in 2005. Of course, I’m sure the situation is completely different now and that the Arabs from ‘Gaza have no such ulterior motives like killing Israelis!

    June 24, 2005
    The truth, from Gaza
    In contrast to the almost total media indifference in the UK to the attempt by Wafa al-Biss to blow up the Soroka clinic at Beersheba hospital that was due to treat her – an incident which was too inconvenient for the British media to highlight, since it punctured the myths it peddles that Mahmoud Abbas genuinely wants an end to terror and the fault for the current impasse lies as ever with the aggressive Israelis- it is a Palestinian doctor who has told the truth loud and clear. Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish is an obstetrician and gynaecologist from the Jabalya refugee camp in Gaza, who has worked at the Soroka clinic for eight years. He writes in the Jerusalem Post:

    ‘I conduct research at the hospital’s Genetic Institute, and Soroka has become my home away from home. I have built warm and professional relations with my colleagues in the obstetrics and gynecology department and other units. I make a point, whenever I’m at the hospital, of visiting Palestinian patients. I also schedule appointments for other Gaza residents, and even bring medication from Soroka to needy patients in the Strip. I have nothing but praise for the doctors, nurses and other medical staff at Soroka Hospital. They show compassion, sympathy and kindness. I was therefore extremely shocked and upset to hear that Wafa Biss, from the Jabalya refugee camp, was wired with explosives to blow herself up at Soroka, a place where she had been treated with kindness and mercy.

    ‘On the very day that she planned to detonate her bomb, two Palestinians in critical condition were waiting in Gaza to be taken for urgent treatment at Soroka. Wafa was sent to kill the very people in Israel who are healing Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and West Bank. What if Israeli hospitals now decide to bar Palestinians seeking treatment? How would those who sent Biss feel if their own relatives, in need of medical care in Israel, are refused treatment? As for Biss herself, she should have been a messenger for peace among her people, and should have been bringing flowers and appreciation to the Soroka doctors for healing her burns. Instead she targeted the very people who treated her with such compassion.

    ‘Israeli hospitals extend humanitarian treatment to Palestinians from the Gaza Strip and West Bank. These efforts continued when all other cooperation between Palestinians and Israelis came to a halt during the most recent intifada. To plan an operation of this kind against a hospital is an act of evil. Children, women, patients, doctors and nurses were the target. Is this a reward for kindness? Is this an advertisement for Islam, a religion which respects and sanctifies human life? This is aggression and a violation of humanity. What are we going to say if Israel now clamps down on Palestinian patients seeking medical treatment inside Israel? All of us know that we are suffering from restrictions and acts of collective punishment imposed by the Israelis. We now risk imposing additional suffering on Palestinians in need of medical care.

    ‘Soroka is a hospital that has opened its doors to treat Palestinians without discrimination, offering the best care available. I want to tell my friends and colleagues at Soroka that all the Gaza residents I have spoken to have expressed their condemnation of this evil and brainless act. At a time when we badly need to build bridges of trust and tolerance, Soroka is the only door left open when other hospitals are closed to Gaza residents. We should all denounce any attempts to attack hospitals and harm their patients. The Biss family members have, themselves, issued a statement condemning the use of their daughter. I hope that despite this incident Soroka Hospital will continue to be an oasis of peace and coexistence. That is the correct message to defeat the enemies of peace.’

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