Thursday, March 5, 2009

Lifeline cut as Palestinians vacate Israeli hospitals - Update from JTA

Terror Victims' Voice previously commented on the Palestinian Authority's decision to curtail and then eliminate the treatment of Palestinians in Israeli hospitals. Dina Kraft reporting through the Jewish Telegraphic Agency updates the story.

Pediatric oncologist Michael Weintraub of Hadassah Hospital recently found himself in the unenviable position of turning away ailing Palestinian children after the Palestinian Authority decided to halt payment for their treatment.
“People could die in the next few weeks” if they do not receive proper treatment, said Weintraub, director of pediatric hematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Hadassah. “Patients were denied coverage from one day to the next. If you stop cancer therapy for a month or two, the risk of relapse and death increases every day.”

Palestinian leadership is throwing away years of relationship building through health care between Israelis and their Palestinian neighbors. Playing with the health and welfare of your fellows is a terrible game with the potential for disastrous results.

Read the full article here.

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