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September 13, 2013 12:20 pm

British Jewish Group Knocks Campaign Criticizing Israeli Medical Treatment of Palestinians

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Palestinians receiving treatment by Israeli and IDF medical teams. Photo: Ehud Amiton/ Tazpit News Agency.

Great Britain’s largest Jewish representative body on Friday criticized a campaign in England that focuses on the negative impact of security precautions on Palestinian patients seeking to enter Israel for medical treatment.

The Zionist Federation said the campaign launched by Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) last week was done so “without providing any necessary context, or mentioning that thousands [of Palestinians] are admitted (to Israel for treatment) every year.”

MAP’s “What If” campaign paints a hypothetical picture of military occupation in both Oxford and Islington, in the UK.

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“What if a massive wall were built across your local high street preventing you from travelling to the other side of town? What if the only way through was via a checkpoint controlled by foreign, occupying soldiers? What if that foreign force decided whether or not you could get a permit to get to hospital?” reads the MAP campaign webpage.

In a statement, Paul Charney, Zionist Federation Chairman, said, “I’m sure many people would be surprised to learn that, despite their history of conflict, thousands of Palestinians travel into Israel every year in order to receive medical treatment.”

“Whilst fringe activists abroad like to demonize Israel for being somehow ‘racist,’ Palestinians in the region know the reality: in Israel they will be treated just like any other patient, irrespective of political differences,” he said.

“Only last year, for example, the brother-in-law of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh was one of the many admitted from Gaza for emergency surgery – despite Hamas’ longstanding commitment to violence against the Jewish state. But rather than highlight the positive examples of Israeli-Palestinian interaction, MAP would rather vilify the Jewish state instead,” the Zionist Federation chairman said.

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  • PermReader

    The next Jewish anti-Zionists try to blame Israel for some inhuman actions.They are not interested in facts,just to make a noise.The typical reaction of the Jewish readers: ignore these sorrowful examples of anti-semitic actions.

  • Gee

    How about if the minor fact is that the Arabs are not Israeli citizens. Does the British government allow Russians to come to a London hospital for treatment at British taxpayer expense without getting permission?

  • Lawrence Kulak

    Pardon me, but I would like to ask a simple question: What would be wrong, say if Israel were to require for instance the brother of Ismael Haniyah to renounce his bloodlust for Israel before being treated for emergency surgery. If it was up to me and he refused to do this, I would simply have the surgeon walk up to him and say, “listen Ahmad, since there is no way we are opening up your hate seething carcass, you might as well just start screaming about how great G-d is because he is the only one who can save you now.”
    Then lets see who has the balls to be a shihad.

    • Steve Marks

      That’s what makes Jews different from Arabs.

      • Israel Quinones

        MAP forgets Ireland. They also had check points, I don’t remember either one complaining about medical care of the other. What has happened with all the aid money? Can’t they build their own facilities?

    • The right to life, the doctors oath. have nothing to do with religion or politics. Unfortunately only the West and Jews have this believe instilled in the culture. But no reason he cant be forced to pay the hospital bill and take a few marketing /propaganda pics.

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