Cape Argus

Still no life-saving treatment


IN RESPONSE to my article by Rd Waner (Cape Argus,May 25).

I was thinking of responding to Rod’s version of the truth; being disingenuo­us about his answers, with misreprese­ntations and thumbsucki­ng.

However, when I read last week that the UN adopted a new resolution on top of the 2 575 since 1948 against Israel, and this time far more serious as it entails to probe Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinia­ns.

I decided that writing about his points would have been a waste of time .

No point in discussing something the whole world has seen and knows and what is fact, and what is fiction and propaganda like Rod’s.

So I thought it would be better to give him something factual.

Patients with urgent medical needs were still waiting on Thursday May 27, a full week after the ceasefire, for Israel’s permission to leave the enclave of Gaza for surgeries, cancer treatment and dialysis that were interrupte­d by the fighting and were unavailabl­e there.

Physicians, families and world advocates, urged that border crossings be reopened for urgent medical cases before the most vulnerable patients become critically ill and die. But the military said permits must be obtained for medical treatment before being allowed to cross Into Israel.

Patients who need urgent lifesaving treatments or surgeries can wait weeks for Israeli authoritie­s to give the green light, but many times by then it is too late. JEAN MICHEL BOUVIER | Bryanston

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