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Today: Oct 23, 2017

Obstructing the passage of ill Palestinians

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Sheikh Sa'ad is one quarter of Jabal al-Mukaber neighborhood. Its population comprises of between 1800 and 1900 individuals among which there are 10 families hold Jerusalem ID cards, while the others are holders of West Bank IDs. Before the closure, 5000 people used to live in Sheikh Sa'ad, the majority are holders of Jerusalem IDs. However, following the closure of the entrance between Sheikh Sa'ad and Jabal Mukaber with earth obstacles, Jerusalem ID holders were forced to immigrate from the area leaving their homes unoccupied, in order to live in Jabal al-Mukaber as to protect their economic and social rights.

Sheikh Sa'ad Gate

Four years ago, Israeli occupation authorities erected a military checkpoint and installed a gate. It could be crossed only on foot. Consequently, the people suffer of the mood of the soldiers who control over the crossing. In several occasions, Israeli soldiers ordered the citizens to head to al-Zaytouneh Crossing in order to have access to Jerusalem.

The Wall

The wall isolates Sheikh Sa'ad quarter from Jabal al-Mukaber and severed the social connection between Palestinian families who have relatives in both areas. In this context, holders of West Bank Ids need a permission in order to have access to Jabal al-Mukaber in order to visit their relatives.

The court decision

Israeli court is still looking into Sheikh Sa'ad case following the appeal of the residents which was filed before seven years demanding the removal of the military gate and permitting the citizens to enjoy social networking among Palestinian families in both areas (Sheik Sa'ad and Jabal al-Mukaber). Two months ago, Israeli High Court ruled that the Palestinian population have the right to social connection for 24 hours. However, the court decision suffers of some vagueness in its implementation particularly in regards to identity of the people who should be allowed entry or whether the Israeli authorities will allow the passage of vehicles. On their part, the citizens believe the court decision doesn't provide a qualitative change in the relation between the population in Sheikh Sa'ad and Jabal al-Mukaber. Before the court order, residents of both areas used to enjoy free movement regardless of the type of the ID card.

Medical treatment

Regarding the medical treatment, the residents reported that they depend on Palestinian hospitals in Jerusalem for medical treatment. However, this issue needs them to obtain special permits to access the hospitals. However in order to obtain a permit the patient needs to show a medical report. Yet, the Israeli authorities do not give credence to reports issued by doctors working in West Bank clinics. In this case, the patient is also requested to head to Ramallah to receive medical treatment, a thing that adds to the economic burden of the patient. For example, a resident of Sheikh Sa'ad who was supposed to pay NIS 18 in order to reach Makkased Hospital would be obliged to pay NIS 50 to reach Ramallah. Any person who is obliged to head to Ramallah has to pass through secondary unpaved ways that connects Sheikh Sa'ad with Sawahreh Sharqiyeh then to Abu Dis to end in Ramallah.

One of the two existing clinics in the quarter belongs to the Palestinian National Authority and operates for three hours in two days. The two clinics work as a first aid center, yet, they lack chemicals for chronic diseases. The other clinic belongs to the local council and operates for five hours on daily bases, yet, it lacks for the qualifications of a standard clinic!

Education!

There are two schools run by the Islamic Waqf, one for girls and the other for boys. Some 350 students are enrolling in them. However, there are around 150 students learning in a school locating in Jabal al-Mukaber and run by Jerusalem Municipality. Any student above 16 years old needs a travel permit in order to cross.

The workers!

In their living, the people depend no their work inside Jerusalem and there are 100 workers who are the bread winners for around 1800 persons who are left in the area of the population.

Affidavit of obstructing the passage of ill cases

Name: Khalil Ibrahim Hassan Oweisat

Age: 52

Eyewitness: Isam Khalil Ibrahim Oweisat

Date of birth: April 8, 1979

Martial status: married

Career: painter

Date of the affidavit: April 6, 2010

"At around 12:00 on Thursday midnight on April 1, 2010 my father felt with pain in the heart. His left hand stopped functioning and he was not able to talk. Consequently, I with my three other brothers transferred him to the military checkpoint (Sheikh Sa'ad gate) in our private car. However, the soldiers told us that we are not permitted to pass because of the Jewish feast, Pessah, although my father was holding a travel permit, and due to the fact that there was a complete closure on the West Bank. Yet, we kept on arguing with the soldiers for around half an hour. By then, my father suffered of a critical situation! After around half an hour the soldiers told us that our father was permitted to cross alone!

I responded by inquiring how he can pass while he suffered of a heart attack? Then a car passed by and I stopped it to transfer him hospital. Later, I remembered that I should call my uncle Aziz Allan who lives in Jabal al-Mukaber so that he can follow my father to hospital. At that time it was 12:45 a.m and in hospital it was discovered that my father suffered of two heart attacks. According to the doctors, obstructing the passage of my father at the checkpoint has caused the two heart attacks. He suffered of two heart strokes seven minutes before reaching the hospital. Consequently, he underwent a cardiac catheterization.

My father is the bread winner of six sons aging between 18 and 31 years old, including five girls and three children. On Sunday, we received a medical report that enabled us to obtain a travel permit so that I together with my mom can visit him father in hospital. However, the soldiers at the military crossing prohibited us from crossing. They told us that we have to go to Zaytounah Crossing in Mount of Olives. After half an hour of waiting there, the soldier ordered us to head to Qalandya Crossing. There, we spent another hour yet without being able to cross because of the Jewish feasts. None of the family members were able to visit my dad in the hospital except my uncles who hold Jerusalem IDs in addition to my brothers in law. However, their wives were not able to visit my dad because they hold the West Bank ID cards.

Banning the passage of sick case

Name: Abdel Karim Ali Ahmad Allan

Age: 70 years old.

Name of the witness: (His wife) Aziza Hassan Allan, 63 years old.

Place of residency: Sheikh Sa'ad neighborhood.

"My son Maher, 44, had been suffering of heart failure since March 16, 2010 and he is now receiving medical treatment in Makkased Hospital. He is the only breadwinner of his family which consists of six persons including four kids. Moreover, my husband suffers of heart failure since 2000. At around 2:00 p.m. on March 6, 2010 my husband suffered of low blood pressures and he began to throw up, so I ordered a car to transfer him to sheikh Sa'ad Gate, but the soldiers refused to allow me to pass because we didn't have permits. I waited with my husband for around one hour while trying to convince the soldiers to let me pass particularly because of the critical situation of my husband who suffered of heart problems and lost the ability to talk and can walk only with the use of stick. Also, he was not able to move his hand. Later, we headed to a clinic sponsored by Makassed Welfare Society locating in Izariyeh. My husband received medical treatment there and we later returned home. I have a brother and sisters residing in Jabal al-Mukaber, however, I cannot visit them without a special permit which is issued in certain occasions. The last time I was able to visit my brother was during the death of his wife nine months ago. In several occasions, the soldiers ordered me to head to Zaytouneh Crossing in Mount of Olives because it is registered in the ID card that I live in Sawahreh el-Sharqiyeh.