Top Palestinian Official Receiving COVID-19 Treatment In Israeli Hospital

Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the Palestine Freedom Organisation and primary Palestinian mediator, talk with press reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah in March. Erekat is being treated in a Jerusalem healthcare facility after contracting COVID-19.

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Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and chief Palestinian negotiator, speak with reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah in March. Erekat is being treated in a Jerusalem healthcare facility after contracting COVID-19.

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The Palestinian Authority severed ties with Israel previously this year. It was not right away clear whether the ask for the transfer came from the Palestinian Authority or from Erekat personally. The transfer took place on Sunday.

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A PLO declaration said Erekat needed medical attention at a medical facility after contracting COVID-19 and “due to the chronic health issues [Erekat] faces in the breathing system.”

The emergency situation medication center of Hadassah University Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, where senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat is being treated, in a photograph handled Monday.

Erekat is “steady but crucial,” is sedated and on a ventilator, Jerusalems Hadassah Hospital stated in a statement.

Palestinian hospitals in the Israeli-occupied West Bank are substandard to Israels sophisticated healthcare facilities. Ran Yaron, a spokesman for Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, informed NPR that sophisticated surgeries and transplants are not available in West Bank healthcare facilities, and Israel does not permit Palestinian medical facilities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to have their own radiation devices due to worries it could be transformed into weaponry.

” Mr. Erekat positions an immense challenge for coronavirus treatment provided his lung transplant and suppressed body immune system, and a bacterial infection in addition to the coronavirus,” medical facility spokeswoman Hadar Elboim said in a composed statement.

Wishing @ErakatSaeb a quick and full healing. Stay strong, my pal! The future of the #Palestinian people need your commitment to statehood, democracy and peace. You remain in the hands of some of the very best doctors in #Israel– the unsung heroes in the battle versus #COVID 19.– Nickolay E. MLADENOV (@nmladenov) October 18, 2020

The medical facility had stated previously on Monday that his condition degraded during the early morning. He “had a quiet night but his condition deteriorated this morning, and is now important.”

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat is being dealt with for COVID-19 in a Jerusalem healthcare facility, according to the healthcare facility, after Israel offered the OK for his transfer from the West Bank.

Erekat, who the health center reported was receiving high-flow oxygen therapy, was “receiving top-notch expert care like all severe corona patients at Hadassah,” stated the health centers director, Zeev Rothstein.

Erekat, 65, received a lung transplant in the U.S. in 2017 after experiencing pulmonary fibrosis. He reportedly tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month.

Palestinian clients needing advanced treatment seek care in hospitals in Israel, though lots of patients are currently obstructed from health center care in Israel due to the fact that of the Palestinian Authoritys suspension of ties with Israel and its rejection to guarantee payment of expenses incurred in Israeli health centers.

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The emergency situation medication center of Hadassah University Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, where senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat is being dealt with, in a photograph handled Monday.

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“I want you would care about the health of the people the way you care about yourselves,” composed one Palestinian named Aseel Jadallah on the Palestinian Health Ministrys Facebook page.

Erekat has actually been involved in the majority of the significant Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations, as the Palestinians chief peace negotiator given that 1995. He is a leading political figure, acting as secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organizations executive committee.

In February, the Palestinian Authority, which governs the occupied West Bank, cut diplomatic ties with Israel over the Trump administrations Mideast proposal, which imagined Israel annexing about 30% of the West Bank.

It was not instantly clear whether the request for the transfer came from the Palestinian Authority or from Erekat personally. Erekats hospitalization in Israel has sparked controversy amongst both Israelis and Palestinians. Israels United Nations ambassador, Gilad Erdan, implicated Erekat of “hypocrisy” for accepting Israeli treatment while supporting calls to boycott Israel. Some Israeli lawmakers stated Hamas should release Israeli hostages held in Gaza in exchange for Erekats treatment. Palestinians have actually objected Erekats treatment in Israel while the Palestinian Authority continues to suspend ties with Israel and obstruct lots of Palestinian patient recommendations to Israeli medical facilities.

Erekats hospitalization in Israel has triggered controversy among both Israelis and Palestinians. Israels United Nations ambassador, Gilad Erdan, accused Erekat of “hypocrisy” for accepting Israeli treatment while supporting calls to boycott Israel. Some Israeli legislators stated Hamas should launch Israeli slaves kept in Gaza in exchange for Erekats treatment. Palestinians have actually objected Erekats treatment in Israel while the Palestinian Authority continues to suspend ties with Israel and obstruct many Palestinian client referrals to Israeli health centers.