High Court urges state to let 4 ill Palestinians travel through Israel

The High Court of Justice on Thursday urged the state to allow four seriously ill Palestinians from the Gaza Strip who are classified as security threats to travel through Israel on their way to Jordan for medical treatment. Physicians for Human Rights originally petitioned on behalf of 11 such Palestinians to cross through Israel for medical treatment in Israel, the West Bank or Jordan. The state has already agreed to allow six of the 11 to do so. A seventh died waiting for permission. The court said: "We believe that within the framework of the government's current policy which allows sick [Palestinians] to receive medical treatment, there is room to reconsider the question of the petitioners with the aim of finding a solution which will enable them to receive medical treatment while reducing to a minimum the possibility of endangering security." The court gave the state one week to think it over.