When Israel confiscated a Palestinian medical jeep it may not have sounded like a big deal. But it was, and still is, a matter of life and death to hundreds of oppressed people and the Israelis know it.

Haaretz reported earlier this month that Israel had impounded the only vehicle available to a medical team that provides assistance to 1,500 Palestinians living inside an Israeli military firing zone in the Palestinian West Bank.

It’s the second time in a year that the vehicle serving residents of Masafer Yatta in the south Hebron hills has been confiscated, cutting off healthcare to an isolated and impoverished population.

The jeep and medical team belong to the Palestinian Authority’s Health Ministry. They visit small villages in the area, accessible only by dirt roads, every week. The excuse for this outrage was that the team wasn’t allowed there without prior co-ordination since the area was inside a firing zone.

The team’s doctor said medical assistance was necessary for these villages because of their long-distance from a city and lack of financial resources. “We come here with all the medications we can administer outside a hospital to treat the villagers.”

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Source:  We Exist by Johnny Punish

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