PHRI has recently been handling cases of female cancer patients from the Gaza Strip who are stateless. Some have no personal identification documents at all. These are women whose family unification applications were never processed or ultimately not approved, or whose families were absent from the Gaza Strip during the 1967 census and therefore never included in the population registry.
Since the “global refugee crisis”, The number of the refugees in Israel is significant decreased. And yet, the policy of the government is still unrecognizing them as a refugees.
In late March 2019, the Palestinian Ministry of Health decided to stop financing medical treatments for Palestinian patients in Israeli hospitals. According to the new policy, when no medical solution is available within the Occupied Palestinian Territories, patients will be referred to hospitals in Jordan and Egypt.
A new report by Physicians for Human Rights Israel (PHRI) issued to mark International Women’s Day reveals how the closure of Gaza and the criteria for granting exit permits affect women patients, among other things due to delays and unresponsiveness by the Israeli authorities, women’s relatedness to family members residing outside the Gaza Strip, or their relatedness to members of Hamas.
A delegation of nine volunteers - all high-ranking doctors in Israeli hospitals - entered the Gaza Strip over the weekend and carried out 30 complicated operations. These ranged from hip replacements and tumor removal to surgeries for those wounded in the Great March of Return. Working side by side with Gazan physicians, these operations not only provide crucial relief for patients, but help equip Gaza’s healthcare staff - who cannot leave the Strip due to the blockade - with critical skills.