Sick Palestinians pressured to spy, says NGO
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A report published by the NGO Physicians for Human Rights claims that 32 Palestinians from Gaza seeking medical care in Israel were turned away because they would not act as informants against Gaza militants.
Physicians for Human Rights said tighter Israeli control over crossings from the Gaza Strip since Hamas seized power last year had led more patients from the coastal zone to seek medical treatment elsewhere.
The number of Gazans seeking care in
The 83-page document said that
It documented the cases of 32 Palestinians, including some with terminal illnesses, who said they were denied entry into
Some were questioned by security agents for hours, and missed critical medical appointments, the report added.
It said that "interrogators propose to patients directly and openly to collaborate and/or provide them with information on an ongoing basis."
Once an agent "has established control over a patient, permitting medical treatment is explicitly or implicitly made contingent upon collaboration," said the report, adding that the practice violated the Geneva Conventions.
An Israeli security source rejected the report's findings.
"There is no conditioning whatsoever between receiving an entry permit to
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