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Permits, checkpoints and the Wall: Health care barriers due to movement restrictions

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The portraits below give personal testimony to how the health care system in the occupied Palestinian territory has been seriously disrupted by Israeli movement restrictions on the population. Israel’s recent construction of the Separation Wall isolates parts of the West Bank from each other, and cuts off the West Bank from East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed illegally shortly after the 1967 war and occupation.

Since 2006, patients and hospital staff must apply for Israeli-issued permits in order to access the main specialized hospitals in East Jerusalem. These permits are difficult to obtain for many, and may carry “conditions,” such as providing information about colleagues to security authorities. Even with a permit, barriers to health access for Palestinian patients can include delays at checkpoints, limitations on family members seeking to accompany children and the elderly to hospital, longer distances to service centres and physical demands of access for people with physical disabilities and the chronically ill.

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