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February 17, 1989 - Image 95

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-02-17

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NEWS

Hadassah Says
Report Wrong

Jerusalem (JTA)
Hadassah has denied a report
in the Los Angeles Times
alleging that Arab patients
are turned away from its
hospitals in Israel.
Dr. Samuel Penchas, direc-
tor general of the Hadassah
Medical Organization, called
the report "a seriously mis-
leading analysis of a very
complex situation."
Carmela Efros Kalmanson,
national president of Hadas-
sah, charged that the Times
story published last week
"paints a grossly distorted
picture of the health care
received in Israeli institu-
tions by Arabs from the West
Bank and Gaza."
Penchas denied that Pales-
tinians from those territories
were being refuaed medical
care because the Israeli
government will no longer
pay their hospital bills.
"No patient, whatever his
or her ethnic origin or abili-
ty to pay, has ever been
denied care at a Hadassah
hospital under any cir-
cumstances," he said.
According to Penchas,
leaders of the Palestinian
uprising strongly discourage
West Bank Arabs from seek-
ing medical care at Israeli
facilities and often take
reprisals against those who
do.

Arabs Request
Review By U. N.

United Nations (JTA) —
The League of Arab States
asked the Security Council
last week to hold a meeting to
consider the "dangerous
situation"in the West Bank.
The league's request came
after a request by the
Palestine observer mission
contained in a letter last
Tuesday to Secretary-General
Javier Perez de Cuellar.
Nasser al-Kidwa, the acting
head of the mission office,
wrote that the situation in
the "Palestinian territory oc-
cupied by Israel" has
deteriorated as the result of
"additional repressive
measures against our people."
Al-Kidwa cited the deaths
of three Palestinian teenagers
over the weekend and said 55
Palestinians had been killed
since December.
The PLO is seeking a state-
ment that would condemn
Israeli policies and practices
against the Arab residents of
the territories.
The formal request form the
Arab states caps three weeks
of intense diplomacy by the
PLO.

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