Friday, May 20, 2016

There are no Israeli restrictions on medicine to Gaza (contrary to Guardian claim)

...contrary to Whitford’s suggestion about Israel’s responsibility for the shortage of chemotherapy drugs, there are no Israeli restrictions on medical supplies entering Gaza. Thousands of tons of medical supplies arrive in Gaza each year. Further, more than 25,000 Gazans are granted permits annually to receive medical care in Israel, the West Bank or Jordan.

Adam Levick..
UK Media Watch..
19 May '16..

When you come across a Guardian article about healthcare issues in Gaza, you pretty much know for certain what to expect. Regardless of the details, the story will ignore Hamas’s role completely, and inevitably leave readers with the impression that Israel restrictions are preventing vital medicine and medical supplies from reaching Gaza.

A May 18th article in the Guardian, written by Philippa Whitford (A breast surgeon and Scottish National Party MP) represents a case in point.

Whitford describes her recent visit to Gaza in the context of recollections of volunteer work she did in the territory 25 years ago, and comes to the conclusion that – despite Israel’s withdrawal in 2005 – the situation for patients has gotten worse, not better, due to Israeli restrictions.

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