Withholding Cancer Treatment from Gazans

Gazan cancer patients who once travelled frequently to Israel for medical treatment are now waiting months for applications to be approved, if they’re greenlit at allleaving many breast cancer patients with scant options in Gaza’s public hospitals, which have precious few mammogram machines and no MRI machines.

Israel’s withholding of such humanitarian services appears to be linked to Hamas’s refusal to return the bodies of 2 Israeli soldiers, writes Ruth Margalit. The situation has sparked debate about whether Gazans should be denied services based on the actions of Hamas, or whether Israel “should insist on creating a distinction between Hamas and the Gazan population.”

The New Yorker

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