Israel Blocking People from Seeking Urgent Medical Care

This is a rather depressing report from Human Rights Watch.

They say that Israel is unreasonably preventing or hindering entry into Israel of people seeking urgent medical attention.  The Israeli defence officials claim that it is basing its decisions on security concerns but it refuses to explain those concerns. 

Could the motives be less to do with security matters and more to do with punishing Gaza citizens for allowing Hamas control? 

People are actually losing life or limbs as a direct result of Israel denying them permits to leave the Gaza strip.  We all know and understand that they have very real security concerns but how much of a threat is a young wheelchair-bound boy?  Or a young lady who needs urgent oncology treatment?  Or a sixteen-year-old girl with a congential heart defect?  Or an elderly man in need of open heart surgery?

Where’s the humanity? 

Sarah Leah Whitson, director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East division said:

Israel is punishing sick civilians as a way to hurt Hamas, and that’s legally and morally wrong. Israel remains the occupying power in Gaza despite disengagement, and thus has a legal obligation to facilitate medical care to the greatest extent possible.


3 responses to this post.

  1. When has Israel worried about its neighbours’ ills? What it has all the time wanted is for the Palestinians to leave the zone empty for a permanent Israeli occupation.

    And what the European countries should do is build hospitals and health centres in Palestine, thus obviating the need of those poor people to unwillingly try to get to cross inside Israel proper.


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  3. I know Jose. The discriminations are blatant but eyes are averted because Israel has such a huge influence on America.


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