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No child should be separated from her mother because of permits and checkpoints

No child should be separated from her mother because of permits and checkpoints

In February, baby Maryam was reunited with her mother after six months apart because of Israel’s permit regime.

Maryam’s mother, who is from Gaza, was transferred to al Mekassed Hospital in East Jerusalem after complications with her pregnancy. Maryam was born two months prematurely, along with a twin who was stillborn.

Soon after birth, Maryam’s mother, Joumana, returned to Gaza to be with her family while Maryam received intensive care at the hospital. Though she believed she would soon be able to return, it was half a year before she saw her baby daughter again.

Maryam’s ...

In February, baby Maryam was reunited with her mother after six months apart because of Israel’s permit regime.

Maryam’s mother, who is from Gaza, was transferred to al Mekassed Hospital in East Jerusalem after complications with her pregnancy. Maryam was born two months prematurely, along with a twin who was stillborn.

Soon after birth, Maryam’s mother, Joumana, returned to Gaza to be with her family while Maryam received intensive care at the hospital. Though she believed she would soon be able to return, it was half a year before she saw her baby daughter again.

Maryam’s mother, like all Palestinians from Gaza, is not allowed to exit Gaza without a permit from the Israeli authorities. Though the family applied for Joumana to return to East Jerusalem to be with baby Maryam in October, they received no response to their request.

This week, Maryam’s case reached Israeli news media, and Joumana was immediately given a permit to travel to East Jerusalem. Six months after their ordeal began, Maryam and her mother were finally reunited.

Though their story has a happy ending, Maryam’s case is not an isolated one. Staff at al Mekassed told us that between one and three children from Gaza are hospitalised there every month without their parents due to Israel’s permit regime.

Last year, a third of all patients applying to leave Gaza for medical treatment were denied or did not receive an answer in time for their appointment. In December, only 35 percent of permits for patients’ companions were granted on time.

Access to healthcare is a human right. Please help us demand that patients from Gaza and their companions be allowed to travel freely for medical care by emailing your MP today. 

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