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Gaza cancer patients complain about Israeli restrictions on their treatment

Hospitals in the Gaza Strip are ill-equipped to cope with the requirements of cancer patients. Furthermore, there is a severe shortage of all kinds of medicines, not just those which are essential for treating cancer.

While the world increases its efforts to spread awareness about cancer and celebrate new ways to treat it, cancer patients in Gaza have complained about the restrictions placed by Israel on their treatment. In a statement issued on Sunday, a group of patients said that they have been involved in a “humanitarian battle” with the occupation authorities to get the medicines that they need for their treatment to be effective. “This has been an ongoing struggle for ten years,” they pointed out.

The statement focused on patients with breast cancer. Statistics issued by the National Centre for Monitoring Cancer in Gaza, note that there are 1,283 breast cancer patents in the besieged territory at the moment. That accounts for around 18 per cent of all cancer patients in Gaza.

In total, 748 patients applied to the Israeli occupation authorities in 2015 for a travel permit to receive treatment in Jerusalem or West Bank hospitals. Of these, the Israelis deferred 293 applications, rejected 74 and ignored 219. Since the start of this year, 548 breast cancer patients have applied for travel permits, with 287 rejected for no reason and 125 others turned down for alleged “security” reasons.

Palestinian breast cancer patients have, in their statement, repeated their belief that they have a right to receive proper treatment like other women around the world. They stressed that the Israeli measures against them are a “flagrant violation” of Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which bans the punishment of individuals for crimes they did not commit personally, as well collective punishment.

Hospitals in the Gaza Strip are ill-equipped to cope with the requirements of cancer patients. Furthermore, there is a severe shortage of all kinds of medicines, not just those which are essential for treating cancer.

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  • Mike Abramov

    Why? Isn’t Gaza getting enough money, support, help, charity. Where are the hospitals, clinics, kindergartens. Somewhere in 2016 $50,000,000 has disappeared let alone all the back pockets bulging with ‘diverted charity’.

    • an empathic person

      Are you serious?

      • Mike Abramov

        Yes I am serious mate. Are you going to tell me that Gaza is in a mess and it’s all Israel’s fault because I have heard that one a million time before.

        • an empathic person

          I was but I guess you already know…..I’m sorry I’m in a feisty mood.The Palestinians are the victims…please,please do some research.

          • Mike Abramov

            Direct me to the source of your information.

          • an empathic person

            Mike just open your eyes it’s all around us the death and destruction.The Palestinians are being forced to live in what amounts to an open air prison.Do you have any idea what it miust be like to have to live with the restirtion’s that are put upon them by Israel.
            Try this website’ If American’s knew’

          • Mike Abramov

            Mr Empathy – I am perfectly aware that due to 70 years of resistance in terms of four wars, suicide bombers, intimidation, anti-Semitism (yes the Arabs do not want a Jewish state in the Middle East), and the rejection of peace plans by elements of the Arab and Palestinian people that this could and would have been avoidable. The Israelis have had to suffer rockets being fired in to Israel, stabbings, cafes being blown up. Why couldn’t the Arabs have said; ‘Ok, let’s live together’.

          • an empathic person
          • Mike Abramov

            I have gone on to If America Knew.

            Yes, I am a humanitarian and i do not wish to see anyone suffer however, what the site fails to appreciate is that the leaders of the Palestinians actually don’t care about their people. The leaders want power and money. If they really cared about their people, Israel would not need to be so careful with their security measures.

    • an empathic person

      Israel is the largest recipient of our tax dollars.Do you have any idea how much aid ‘ money ‘ we give Palestien it’s a big fat 0.

      • Mike Abramov

        I am not American, but I do know that the USA supports Israel politically and financially. The Palestinians have had billions of dollars in aid that has largely been wasted on Qasam rockets and 22 professionally built tunnels…..and corruption.

        While Gaza is run by Hamas, there is no chance that Israel will have open borders with Gaza.