Gazans undergo chemotherapy in Holon

Two of the patients are members of the Palestinian Authority police. All three insisted on anonymity.

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Three Palestinians from the Gaza Strip who suffer from leukemia have been admitted to Wolfson Medical Center in Holon. They heard about Wolfson from a Palestinian hematologist at the hospital who was born in Gaza. Two of the patients are members of the Palestinian Authority police. All three insisted on anonymity. The Palestinians waited 20 days to get permission to enter and remain in Israel for their treatments. They said the wait was "worth it" because they were receiving excellent and dedicated care at Wolfson. But it was difficult coping with cancer without their families, who had not received approval to come, they said Monday. Prof. Eliezer Rachmilevich, head of Wolfson's hematology department, said the Palestinians would have to spend several months in Holon for their chemotherapy treatments. The PA will pay for their treatments, he said. Medical practitioners do not discriminate between one suffering person and another, Rachmilevich said, adding that he hoped the human connections created would help bring Palestinians and Jews together.