Israeli hospital moves Palestinian woman after Israeli settler refuses to share room

Palestinians wave Palestinian flags as they take part in the annual “March of Return”, near the northern city of Umm al-Fahm, on May 9, 2019 (© QNN)

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- An Israeli hospital reportedly told a Palestinian woman who was going through labor to switch rooms last Tuesday after an Israeli settler objected to being hospitalized in the same maternity room.

The Palestinian woman, a resident of Nazareth in 1948-occupied Palestine, arrived at the Emek Medical Center in Afula town with her husband late on Tuesday night, according to The Jerusalem Post. She was told that the room assignment at the hospital was not “as per her request,” as she was asked to leave her room.

The couple made an attempt to convince the Israeli woman to let them stay in the room before finally giving up and leaving the room. They then transferred to a private room.

The husband is reportedly a family physician who was previously employed at the Afula hospital, recounted the “racist incident” in an interview given to Walla.

“At around midnight, we were told that my wife would be moved to another room. The Israeli mother said, ‘I don’t want these people because they are Arabs.’”

“The staff tried to convince her but she continued arguing and objecting. I later told her, ‘you know what, maybe we don’t want to be in the same room with you. We no longer feel safe being around you.’”

The husband told Channel 13 that they were “horrified” to hear the Israeli woman saying she doesn’t want them, adding “she does not have a right to ask someone to leave the room in a public hospital.”

Residents of the 1948-occupied Palestine have been living under Israeli system of discrimination and racism with laws that enshrine their second-class status and with policies that ensure they are never equals.

There are currently more than 65 Israeli laws that discriminate against Palestinians in 1948-occupied Palestine, according to Adalah, The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.

More than half of these laws have been adopted since 2000. From 2009 to present, elections have brought to power the most right‐wing government coalitions in the history of ‘Israel’, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Adalah noted.

Adalah’s database even shows how Israel’s laws – dating as far back as 1939 – discriminate against Palestinians.

(Source / 06.02.2023)

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