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WATCH: The Israelis who drive Palestinian kids to the hospital

Often times advanced medical care isn’t available in Palestine, and while the PA pays for many Palestinians to be treated in Israel, one crucial hurdle stands in the way of actually receiving treatment: getting from the checkpoint to the hospital. Social TV tags along with the Israelis who volunteer to drive Palestinian children to the hospital.

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    1. Whiplash

      Checkpoints or the story of Wafa Irdis, Palestinian Red Cross Medic

      Why do Palestinians including medial patients have to go through checkpoints? Palestinians have used ambulances and medical personnel to transport weapons, terrorists and chemical materials for bomb making, including under the gurneys of children in ambulances. Israelis will unlikely forget the Palestinian woman who was allowed to travel to Israel for medical treatment. She aimed to blow herself up in an Israeli hospital in the neo-natal unit. She was intercepted before she could do so.

      The case of Wafa Irdis is indicative of the Palestinian propensity to use access to Israel for medical purposes to kill and injury Israelis. She was a Palestinian Red Crescent medic who road into Israel in the back of a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance one day in 2002. I will let Simon Plosker tell the story from here:

      “Walking up Jaffa Street, the main thoroughfare in the heart of downtown Jerusalem on January 27, 2002, I happened to bump into a friend. As we chatted, the shockwave of an enormous explosion made us instinctively cower. And then the surreal second of complete silence as the world seemed to come to a complete halt. A couple of hundred meters ahead, a ball of flame and a thick cloud of black smoke rose into the air.

      And then the screaming. The audible screams of fear from fellow bystanders and no doubt, the screams of pain and anguish from some of the 150 people injured as Wafa Idris, the first female Palestinian suicide bomber murdered an 81 year old man and created carnage as she detonated herself.

      I was reminded of this deeply horrible incident after reading that a Fatah-affiliated youth center in the Ama’ari refugee camp south of Ramallah has named a sports event after Wafa Idris. While this strikes a personal chord, all of us should be outraged that the lauding of terrorists and the related incitement against Israel and Israelis is still deemed acceptable in Palestinian society and the Palestinian Authority.”


      “How quickly the media forgets. The period of daily terror for Israeli citizens has thankfully passed and we no longer have to wonder whether a bus journey or a drink in a café could be our last.”

      The checkpoints, the separation barrier, the Gaza fence and IDF operations keep out Palestinians determined to kill and injury Israelis. That some people on both sides of the conflict have managed a good thing by expediting Palestinian patients into Israel for Israeli medical treatment is good. But hat does not remove the necessity for checkpoints.

      One also should remember that Palestinians do not have to choose to come to Israel for treatment, they could exit the Allenby Bridge and seek treatment in Jordan or other countries. They choose Israel for the high quality and compassionate care they receive.

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    2. Doug Higgins

      When the objective is accessing healthcare, getting to Jordan or Lebanon is not always practical or the most efficient way to access care. Children need the care of their families – cancer patients need periodic treatment ….. the list goes on. This article focuses on the humanitarian care provided by Israelis – both the article and the Israelis involved are to be commended.

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    3. Pedro X

      Why have the Palestinians failed to provide adequate medical services to themselves?

      The billions of dollars which the Palestinians have invested in weapons could have been invested in their medical system.

      Instead of supporting terrorists and their families to the tune of 6% of the Palestinian budget the Palestinians could have invested the money in their health system.

      Instead of inciting its children to hate and kill Israelis, the Palestinians could have encouraged them to become doctors, nurses, medics and scientists.

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