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Israel: hospital sacks doctor for offering flower to Palestinian boy

November 28, 2022 at 9:34 am

Hundreds gather to protest against Israel’s occupation, illegal settlement policies and deportation of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem on February 25, 2022. [Mustafa Alkharouf – Anadolu Agency]

A Palestinian doctor has been sacked by an Israeli hospital after offering a flower to a Palestinian boy wounded during an Israeli raid in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, Quds Press revealed on Sunday.

The well-known Hadassah Medical Centre sacked cardiologist and lung specialist Dr Ahmad Mahajneh, an Israeli citizen from Um Al-Fahm. He offered the flower to Ahmed Qteish, 16, who was hit when Israeli occupation forces opened fire at a group of children who were playing on a football pitch in the occupied Palestinian neighbourhood.

The boy has been undergoing treatment for more than a month. The Israeli occupation forces said that they shot him in the belief that he was planning to carry out a stabbing attack.

“Hadassah Medical Centre is a model for Israel’s racism,” commented human rights groups in a number of separate statements. “Incitement by Israeli media played a large role in the sacking of the cardiologist.”

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