Israel’s hospitals continue to treat Gazan patients
By JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH The Jerusalem Post 11/19/2012 05:25
Israeli hospitals are treating dozens of patients of all ages who came to
Israel from Gaza to get healthcare unavailable there, and are making
provisions for accompanying persons.
“We at Rambam Medical Center are taking care of sick children and adults,
and we are not looking at their religion or where they come from. At the
moment, we have four – a baby girl in the nephrology department, two
children in oncology and an adult in urology,” Rambam director-general Prof.
Rafael Beyar said.
“Family members accompanied them,” he said. “It’s absurd that we are doing
this at the same time Israelis are being attacked, but there is no other
way. We are used to it. We are very far from politics.”
Working in Haifa, Beyar was “extremely upset” when he learned that Arab
students at the University of Haifa last week stood for a “moment of
silence” when Ahmed Jabari, the military chief of Hamas, was killed by the
“I just can’t accept that,” he said.
Beyar also said that he had received no reports of any tension among Jewish
and Arab personnel in his medical center. “We are used to working together
to save lives.”
The Hadassah University Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem said that in
the past month, it has hospitalized six Gazan patients.
Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer said that it provides medical center to
several dozen Palestinians each month, and even now, there is no change.
Most are children who are hospitalized for long periods or youngsters who
underwent treatment and return periodically for followup, Sheba spokesman
Amir Marom told The Jerusalem Post.
“Just two days ago, a nineyear- old girl from Gaza who was hurt in her palm
was brought to Sheba. Her father is an Arab journalists who writes from Gaza
for an Israeli newspaper. She was accompanied by her mother. An Israeli boy
who was wounded by a Gazan rocket that fell in Kiryat Malachi last week is
in the same room with a Gazan girl whose fingers were amputated due to
injury,” Marom said. “We regard our hospital as a bridge to peace.”
Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center said 50 patients and their accompanying
relatives from Gaza are now hospitalized – both children and adults. Most of
them are cancer patients.
The relatives live in the hospital’s hotel, and there is a hospital employee
who serves as a contact person and helps them.
Medical treatment for Gaza residents allowed into Israel is paid for by the
Palestinian Authority or by other bodies, including the Peres Center for