Dire Healthcare in Disputed Territory

Protests erupting in Gaza as the US Embassy relocates to Jerusalem have left dozens dead, and highlight “an abysmal state of health care for Palestinian refugees in Israel,” writes Kenneth R. Rosen.

Healthcare in the 80,000-person Shuafat camp has further eroded in recent years with the disbandment of the Peace Emergency Team hotline. Shot several times, its leader died waiting to cross a congested Israeli checkpoint: “One of myriad prohibitive emergency medical barriers faced by refugees,” Rosen writes. 

Medical services come in a patchwork inside and outside of camps, and as the US pulls back key funds from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, clinics face closure. 

Pacific Standard

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