Child patients from Gaza abandoned by parents who chose to stay in Israel as illegal aliens
Children were yet again abandoned at the Erez Crossing on the border of Israel and Gaza.
Two children, ages 8 and 10, arrived at the humanitarian crossing without any family members or chaperones. They were released yesterday from the Makassed hospital, but those accompanying the children remained in Israel, illegally and without a permit.
The children returned to Gaza with a representative from the Civil Administration.
“This is not the first time that parents from Gaza have grossly neglected their children at the entrance to the Gaza Strip”, the IDF’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said in a statement.
Yesterday, the COGAT refuted one of the latest anti-Israel blood libels about Aisha Lulu, a 5-year-old girl from Gaza who, according to Hamas, died of cancer alone in a Jerusalem hospital because Israel did not allow her parents to join her.
“Contrary to various reports, Israel approved the entry into Israel of the child Aisha a-Lulu for medical treatment in a hospital in East Jerusalem after her parents signed a waiver, according to which they do not wish to leave the Gaza Strip with her, and instead requested that she exit Gaza accompanied by a friend of the family, who entered Israel with her and stayed with her during the course of treatment. In addition, we would like to emphasize that in contrary to reports, Aisha a-Lulu passed away in the Gaza Strip after having returned to her home approximately two weeks ago after surgery, which unfortunately did not succeed in the Al-Maqasid Hospital.
We emphasize that CLA Gaza policy requires parents to escort their minor children for medical treatments, based on the understanding that children need their parents in moments such as these. However, in this case, Aisha’s parents did not wish to accompany her and therefore, in accordance with CLA policy, they were requested to sign a declaration that they choose not to escort their daughter during the course of her treatment, due to their own choice, and request that another party on their behalf escort her”.