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World Health Organization and NGOs Misrepresent State of Gaza Health

On February 13, 2018, Human Rights Watch (HRW), along with Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), and Physicians for Human Rights-Israel (PHR-I), issued a joint statement condemning Israel’s procedures for granting access for Gaza residents to Israel for medical treatment. The groups cite a December 2017 World Health Organization (WHO) document that claims that 54 Gazans died while awaiting approval to travel to seek medical attention in Israel or in the West Bank. The WHO paper does not provide a source for this figure.

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[Opinion] World Health Organization Blames Israel for Palestinian Ills

Yona Schiffmiller asserts that in order to effectively asses the state of Palestinian health in Gaza, the World Health Organization must base its analysis on facts and not contrived NGO distortions, admit Palestinian abuses of medical infrastructure, and remain focused on core issues of health without veering off to launch political attacks against Israel.

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