40 Arab doctors and pharmacists caught with false diplomas from medical schools in Armenia

The Israel Police arrested early Sunday 40 doctors, medical interns, and pharmacists from the Arab sector who presented false credentials from Armenian universities to the Health Ministry.

They are suspected of presenting graduation diplomas from universities in Armenia, even though they studied there for a short time.

Based on this fraud, they received medical licenses in Israel.

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Some of the suspects work at hospitals—including the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, and the Yitzhak Shamir Medical Center (formerly Assaf Harofeh)—while others work at other public institutions.

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One suspect, a resident of Ar’ara in his 30s who works as a doctor at Barzilai, was arrested while he was on shift. During the arrest of another suspect from Tira, the suspect’s father was caught fleeing the scene with two firearms. A third suspect, a dentist who has his own clinic, previously served a prison sentence for security-related offenses.

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Police also seized leaflets in Arabic saying, “We happily announce to students having trouble completing their studies the option of transfer to a university in Armenia or Georgia without losing years. Career retraining from natural treatments and physiotherapy… to general medicine or dentistry.”

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