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Monday, February 02, 2009

Israel closes Gaza field hospital for lack of patients

Two weeks ago, Israel opened a state of the art field hospital at the Erez crossing point into Gaza. By the next day, it was clear that Hamas would not allow 'Palestinians' to access the hospital. Today, the hospital was closed down, despite being able to offer around-the-clock care for fifty patients. There were no patients.
The clinic, which was opened at the Erez crossing into Gaza with much fanfare by Welfare and Social Services Minister Isaac Herzog amid sharp international condemnation of the Israel Defense Forces‚ wounding of civilians during Operation Cast Lead, offered not only medical specialists but also x-ray facilities, a lab and a pharmacy.

It was meant to treat about 50 patients at once - both wounded Palestinians and those suffering from physical ailments. Israel Medical Association chairman Dr. Yoram Blachar had even called on physicians to volunteer their services to treat wounded from Gaza round the clock.

MDA director Eli Bin said at the opening that running the clinic would be a difficult job, adding that his organization viewed the undertaking as a "humanitarian assignment of the highest priority."


The Health Ministry said Sunday that it and the humanitarian services staff set up by the government saw there was no point in keeping it going because only a handful of Gazans had come for care. The impressive clinic had opened with fanfare, and it was closed in a whisper.

The Post learned that the Jordanians, with help from humanitarian groups, have opened a field hospital near Shifa Hospital in Gaza City that is taking care of wounded. In addition, Hamas strongly discouraged residents from going to the Israeli clinic for help.

MDA commented that it did not initiate the establishment of the clinic but only carried out the government's instructions.
Remember that 14-year old girl you saw in the video earlier today, who may not be able to walk again because Hamas and Fatah cannot agree on who will pay to treat her in Germany? Anyone want to bet that an Israeli hospital could treat her (and probably would for free)?

And by the way, if the Jordanians provide such great medical care, how come they send their own kids to Israel for treatment? Anything to avoid the 'Zionist entity,' eh?


At 12:23 AM, Blogger Malcolm said...


How I Survived Gaza


Very moving article

At 12:59 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Palis will always cut off their noses to spite their faces.

Palis will never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity. Be it for peace, free medical care, reconciliation.

Why this is, is anyone's guess. But it is high time that this ceases being Israel's problem. It is time that this becomes UNHCR's problem.

They obviously lack the skills or desire to run a polity, or a state, or even a city. So take that right away. Give them to the tender mercies of their bretheren, the egyptians, or the real palestine, aka Jordan.

At 2:11 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Jew hatred is harming the Palestinians more than it is hurting Israel.

And its not the Jews who suffer most from it!

At 2:29 AM, Blogger Jeff Nelson said...

From a non-bigoted perspective, what has been the stated reason for the Palestinians to refuse the Israeli support. I can surely speculate, but I would like to have something more credible than my own substantiations. Are there any articles that one could direct me to which document the reasons for rejecting Israeli support?

At 11:22 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Silent and Humbled,

They don't give reasons. They don't have to. When you execute all your opponents, no one will oppose you openly, so you don't have to rationalize your decrees.

At 2:04 AM, Blogger Jeff Nelson said...

I appreciate you comment regarding the execution of their opposition. However, I am extremely reluctant to think that they don't have well-thought out positions for the different stances that they take. I even more reluctant to believe that an entire people reject hospital aid to the dying without any substantiated (whether accurately or poor) reasons.


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