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A wall in its midst : the separation barrier and its impact on the right to health and on Palestinian hospitals in East Jerusalem

HABIB, Ibrahim
December 2005

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The construction of a separation barrier between Israel and the West Bank is having devastating effects on the social and economic life of Palestinians. This report attempts to assess its impact on health care delivery in East Jerusalem and on Palestinian hospitals. The policy of closure entails that a large section of Palestinian population with Israeli residency is denied access to health care services, while people living in the Occupied Territories can no longer benefit from Jerusalem hospitals, even when they can provide care unavailable elsewhere. The report advocates for supporting East Jerusalem hospitals, ensuring high medical standards and solid financial backing. Effective political lobbying should ensure that close ties with the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are maintained

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