'Palestinians' faking cancer to flee GazaJPost reports on 'Palestinians' who fake cancer and other serious illnesses in a bid to leave Gaza permanently.
Israel allows passage to top business people and a limited number of Gazans seeking treatment for serious illnesses. Egypt sporadically opens its border for university students and those with residency abroad.This has nothing to do with the 'blockade.' As has been demonstrated numerous times, no one is starving in Gaza. It has to do with the fact that life under Hamas is hell for anyone who does not want to live under an Islamic Caliphate.
Everyone else is stuck, even as Palestinian polls suggest nearly half the population would like to leave if they could. Deepening the Gazans' sense of imprisonment, they must now also obtain permission from the Hamas government before attempting to leave, further complicating an obstacle-ridden path to freedom.
Those trying to bribe their way out usually approach middlemen who put them in touch with local doctors, Palestinian health officials or Egyptian bureaucrats and military officials.
Akram Ghneim, 31, an unemployed father of six living off food handouts, told The Associated Press he promised $260 to a Palestinian middleman, who obtained for him a bogus medical report saying he had cancer. Ghneim said he hoped he'd get a rare spot on the list of Gaza patients with life-threatening illnesses who are allowed to enter Israel for treatment.
Once in Israel, he planned to disappear and work illegally. But Israeli intelligence officials, who review applications, rejected him last summer, saying his cancer report was forged.
"This is what the blockade does," said Ran Yaron, of the Israeli group Physicians for Human Rights, which helps bring Gazans into Israel for treatment by lobbing Israeli defense officials. "Most are frustrated and devastated people."
In my view, Israel ought to encourage these people to leave Gaza, provided that they don't stay in Israel, they don't move to Judea or Samaria and they don't return to Gaza. I would allow anyone with a one-way ticket to a third country passage through Ben Gurion Airport.
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