Erekat lung do­na­tion row

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS - BY NATHAN JEFFAY

THE PALES­TINIAN chief peace ne­go­tia­tor should not re­ceive a lung trans­plant from an Is­raeli donor, ac­cord­ing to right wing ac­tivists.

Saeb Erekat, who is suf­fer­ing from pul­monary fi­bro­sis, is be­ing treated in an Is­raeli hospi­tal af­ter his sit­u­a­tion sig­nif­i­cantly de­te­ri­o­rated in re­cent months. Doc­tors say that his con­di­tion will only im­prove with a lung trans­plant. But Shu­rat Hadin (the Is­rael Law Cen­tre) has de­scribed his ap­pli­ca­tion for an Is­raeli lung as “out­ra­geous”. It wrote to the Health Min­istry claim­ing it would be “il­log­i­cal” for “Is­rael or its cit­i­zens to give life to a per­son who acts sys­tem­at­i­cally to mor­tally harm it”. Mean­while, gov­ern­ment whip David Bi­tan said: “I am for hu­man­i­tar­ian aid, but there is a prob­lem with lung trans­plants. We can barely man­age lung trans­plants for the cit­i­zens of the state of Is­rael.”

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Be­ing treated: Erekat

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