Israeli Hospitals Treat 180,000 PA Arabs


palestiniansSenior IDF officials were among those at a conference on humanitarian medicine held this week in Hadassah Medical Center in Yerushalayim. IDF commanders and soldiers were there to hear about recent developments and challenges in the IDF.

Brigadier-General Nitzan Alon, Commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, said Israel had faced a unique humanitarian challenge in recent years. When a terror war broke out in 2000 and PA terrorists began attacking Israel more frequently than ever, Israel was forced to limit PA Arabs’ access to Israeli cities, he said, leading to a situation in which PA Arabs were no longer able to simply drive to Israeli hospitals for treatment.

“We could not practice medicine beyond the minimum. In those days, we were on the verge of a humanitarian crisis,” he said.

Now, however, thanks to efforts to improve medical cooperation, 180,000 PA Arabs were treated in Israeli hospitals in the past year and several thousand emergency patients were successfully transferred between Israeli and PA ambulances.

The main challenge remains accessibility, said Dr. Tawfik Nasr, who coordinates multiple Arab hospitals in Jerusalem. “We face difficulty in transferring patients, personnel and medical equipment… But despite these difficulties, there are many successes.”

While the PA has several hospitals of its own as well as Arab doctors and foreign volunteers, many PA Arabs continue to seek treatment in Israel where both medical technology and levels of expertise are more advanced.

 Read more at Arutz Shevah.

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  1. they should collect a certain amount of points for each group of those terrorists they give healing to, and redeem Gilad Shalit, may he be released RIGHT AWAY.

  2. You seem to have difficulty in choosing photos to match your article text. What is the connection between a terrorist brandishing a rifle and a report on how many PA residents are treated in Israeli hospitals?

  3. So it’s pretty stupid how people want to boycott Israel when you read about examples like this where the social systems of Israel and the territories are closely linked. Honestly, wouldn’t a blanket boycott just hurt the people the boycott activists want to help? Without a doubt, a boycott would cause much financial distress to many Palestinians and Israeli Arabs who depend on the Israeli economy. But I suppose that these activists would answer that they’d like to boycott only the sectors of the economy that only apply to Jews or Jewish-majority areas of Israel. And of course that would demonstrate their anti-Semitism (I don’t see them calling for boycotts of Arab countries based on their human rights records). They don’t care that Israelis are just normal people and would be hurt by a boycott. Anyways, I’m glad to see this article because it helps to undermine some of the mainstream media bias that focuses on Israeli “abuses”. I guess Israel is not such a demonical and racist country as a lot of anti-Zionist propagandists would have us believe. Just imagine Israelis trying to go into Egypt, Iran, Syria, or Saudi Arabia if there were severe problems with the Israeli health system.

  4. To the post from anonymous: the photo of a terrorist brandishing a rifle is very appropriate for this article. PA residents are at the very least complicit in their passive support of the terrorists– they hate Israelis, yet run to their hospitals. The fact is, the more kindness you show to the Arabs, the greater their hatred and contempt for you–if you’re a Jew.

  5. It’s only right after all, since the Palestinians send so many of us to hospitals via terrorist attacks, the least the hospitals can do to show their thanks for the business is to treat Palestinians. I think it’s called ‘professional courtesy’.

  6. Crazy world:

    NO money for kollelim!
    YES money for PA Arab health care!

    I contacted a doctor at Hadassa Hospital in Yerushalaim informing him I want to donate one of my kidneys to an Israeli Yid. He responded that according to the Israeli law, I cannot limit the donation of my kidney to any specific ethnic group. Either I donate without my having a say who should get it, or I should stay home. Crazy world indeed.