Top Palestinian Official Receiving COVID-19 Treatment In Jerusalem Hospital

Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and primary Palestinian mediator, speak to reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah in March. Erekat is being treated in a Jerusalem hospital after contracting COVID-19.

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Saeb Erekat, Secretary-General of the Palestine Liberation Organisation and chief Palestinian mediator, talks to reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah in March. Erekat is being dealt with in a Jerusalem hospital after contracting COVID-19.

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The health center had actually stated previously on Monday that his condition degraded throughout the morning. He “had a quiet night however his condition weakened this early morning, and is now crucial.”

Chief Palestinian arbitrator Saeb Erekat is being treated for COVID-19 in a Jerusalem medical facility, according to the medical facility, after Israel provided the OKAY for his transfer from the West Bank.

Erekat is “stable however important,” and he was sedated and on a ventilator, Jerusalems Hadassah Hospital stated in a statement.

Erekat, who the healthcare facility reported was receiving high-flow oxygen treatment, was “getting top-notch professional care like all major corona clients at Hadassah,” stated the healthcare facilitys director, Zeev Rothstein.

Palestinian clients requiring innovative treatment seek care in health centers in Israel, though lots of patients are presently blocked from health center care in Israel due to the fact that of the Palestinian Authoritys suspension of ties with Israel and its rejection to ensure payment of expenses incurred in Israeli hospitals.

Erekat, 65, received a lung transplant in the U.S. in 2017 after suffering from lung fibrosis. He supposedly checked favorable for coronavirus earlier this month.

Palestinian health centers in the Israeli-occupied West Bank are substandard to Israels advanced health centers. Ran Yaron, a spokesperson for Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, told NPR that innovative surgeries and transplants are not offered in West Bank medical facilities, and Israel does not allow Palestinian health centers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to have their own radiation equipment due to fears it might be transformed into weapons.

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

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

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

Wishing @ErakatSaeb a fast and full recovery. Stay strong, my good friend! The future of the #Palestinian individuals need your commitment to peace, democracy and statehood. You are in the hands of a few of the finest medical professionals in #Israel– the unrecognized heroes in the fight versus #COVID 19.– Nickolay E. MLADENOV (@nmladenov) October 18, 2020

” Mr. Erekat positions a tremendous 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 written statement.

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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 picture taken on Monday.

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Erekat has been associated with the majority of the major Palestinian-Israeli peace negotiations, as the Palestinians chief peace negotiator since 1995. He is a leading political figure, working as secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organizations executive committee.

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 actually triggered debate amongst 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 said Hamas ought to release Israeli slaves held in Gaza in exchange for Erekats treatment. Palestinians have objected Erekats treatment in Israel while the Palestinian Authority continues to suspend ties with Israel and obstruct numerous Palestinian client referrals to Israeli healthcare facilities.

Erekats hospitalization in Israel has actually stimulated debate 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 must release Israeli slaves kept in Gaza in exchange for Erekats treatment. Palestinians have opposed Erekats treatment in Israel while the Palestinian Authority continues to suspend ties with Israel and block numerous Palestinian client recommendations to Israeli hospitals.

In February, the Palestinian Authority, which governs the occupied West Bank, cut diplomatic ties with Israel over the Trump administrations Mideast plan, which gives Israel a free hand to annex large swaths of the West Bank.