Qalandiya

Observers: 
Ronן Hammermann, Tamar Fleishman; Translator: Charles K.
Jan-25-2015
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Afternoon

When a five year old boy from A-Ram suffering from a growth in his head needs to be hospitalized urgently, and the first thing his parents must do, before calling an ambulance, is to obtain permits from the authorities to go through the checkpoint, and only then, when the boy arrives at the checkpoint, perhaps conscious, perhaps not, do they remove the IV placed by the Palestinians , transfer him to the Jerusalem ambulance and insert the Jerusalem IV and he’s taken to Muqassed Hospital, don’t make me laugh by quoting the Patient’s Rights Act, which states:

 

The right to medical care

(b) In a medical emergency, a person is entitled to receive emergency medical care unconditionally.

 
 

Prohibition of discrimination

4 (a)  No medical facility or clinician shall discriminate between patients on grounds of religion, race, sex, nationality, country of birth, or other such grounds.

 

Don’t even try to tell the man from Gaza with leukemia who needs treatment that hospitals in Gaza are unable to provide (and even before the recent war had limited means and ability, much less now) who is being brought to hospital in Nablus and must expose his body and suffering before strangers and weapons that the Israeli Patients’ Rights Act contains the following imperatives:

 

The right to medical care

 
 

3. (a) Every person in need of medical care is entitled to receive it in accordance with all laws and regulations and the conditions and arrangements obraining at any given time in the Israeli health care system.

 

Prohibition of discrimination

4 (a)  No medical facility or clinician shall discriminate between patients on grounds of religion, race, sex, nationality, country of birth, or other such grounds.