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Israel prevents entry of European medical delegation

Palestine Medical Relief denounces the Israeli prevention of a Medical Delegation from Belgium and Holland, to enter Israel with the purpose of investigating the Health Services in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
On the 23rd of June 2003 a Medical Delegation arrived at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. The visit was organized by Holland's Palestine Solidarity Group - "Stop the Occupation", of which Gretta Druisenberg is Chair. Other organizations involved in the visit were Medical Aid for the Third World; Doctors for Peace (Flemish Division of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War); the Flemish Action Platform Palestine and CODIP (Center for the Development, Documentation and Information Palestinians). Palestine Medical Relief was facilitating the visit.

Within hours of their arrival, Doctors taking part in the visit were deported, as Israeli officials described their visit as having Political rather than Humanitarian intent. In response, Dr Mustafa Barghouthi stressed that the Israeli Government has not succeeded in preventing support for the Palestinians. Rather, it has made the Medical Delegation even more determined to support the issue of medical neutrality in Palestine.

Gretta Druisenberg, wife of the President of the Central European Bank, invoked fury from the Israeli Government in the past when she raised the Palestinian flag on her balcony in Holland and then announced in a press conference her determination to gather six million signatures against the Israeli Occupation.

Palestine Medical Relief protests against these recent actions by the Israeli Government as yet again, they have violated the principals of medical neutrality. The Israeli Army has launched continuous attacks against Palestine Medical Relief Health Services and Staff. This recent action is their attempt to cover up their gross violations of International Law.

For further information please contact the Palestine Medical Relief Office on:
02-298-8234/ 0550 or 059-254-218