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Gaza exit permits: Aisha's lone journey for cancer treatment

Israeli permit system prevents some parents from accompanying their sick children to hospitals outside of Gaza Strip.

Gaza City - Last month, five-year-old Aisha came home from nursery vomiting and saying she had a headache.

Her condition deteriorated, so her family took her to hospital, where, after undergoing medical checks, they had every parent's worst fear confirmed.

Aisha was diagnosed with brain cancer.

"The news hit me like a thunderbolt," Mona Lulu, Aisha's mother, told Al Jazeera from her home in the al-Bureij refugee camp.

Aisha underwent urgent surgery in al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City but she needed a medical transfer to go to the Augusta Victoria Hospital in occupied East Jerusalem for further treatment.

But when it came time to decide which of her parents would go with her, the family found the decision was out of their hands.

"Her mother and I applied and we both were rejected," Aisha's father Wesam said.

None of the family members had been approved by the Israeli authorities for a permit to allow them to accompany Aisha. Even applications by extended family members were rejected, the only response was that the applications were pending a "security check", which can take months.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just when I think that the Israeli government cannot get any more putridly foul, it does something that amazes me, by its ability to go even lower.

The kid is 5, for heaven's sake; and that she has to go alone for these treatments?!?

If an afterlife exists, (which I believe does), there has to be a special place in hell for the Israeli bureaucrats who made this decision, with an absolutely tone-deaf response to the needs of a kid who needs treatment.

Shameful, Israel!!

I keep hoping that you will find a way to rise above this kind churlish pettiness, in these kinds of situations, but I keep getting clobbered, every time something like this happens, and it happens far too frequently.

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