JERUSALEM, April 13 (Xinhua) — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ younger brother is hospitalized in critical condition in an Israeli hospital, a hospital official confirmed to Xinhua on Wednesday.

Israeli media reported that Abu Louai, 76, who lives in Qatar, arrived at Israel in secrecy.

Xinhua.  “Abbas’ younger brother admitted into Israeli hospital.”  April 13, 2016.

Ramat Gan (TPS) – A Gazan child with severe burns is being treated in an Israeli hospital after a devastating house fire in Gaza took the lives of his three young siblings on Saturday. The tragedy has shaken the Gaza Strip and spurred angry finger pointing among the two dominant terrorist factions, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority’s Fatah.

Ahmed Al-Hendi, 7, was taken to Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Hospital in Ramat Gan on Sunday evening, a spokeswoman for the hospital confirmed to Tazpit Press Service (TPS), following the fire caused by candles used during a local power shortage.

Dermer, Joshua B.  “Gazan Child Burned in Fire Treated at Israeli Hospital as Hamas and PA Trade Blame.”  The Jewish Press, May 9, 2016.

The post may be spurious as “Palestinians treated by Israeli hospitals” turns out a perennial topic for news editors and hasbara crowd.  Nonetheless, who shows up may surprise some readers, as may a glimpse into Israel’s medical ethic regarding access to services — basically, the medical system defends the patient, whatever the illness or injury and however obtained, and leaves the politics outside of the hospital.

A smattering of related article citations and partial quotations follow.

JTA.  “Haniyeh’s Granddaughter Treated at Israeli Hospital.”  Haaretz, November 20, 2013.

While then one-year-old Amal Haniyeh made it to “Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikvah”, she was not spared and passed away at a “children’s hospital in Gaza” about a week later.

An unnamed Israeli doctor told Reuters that the request of a Palestinian physician was usually sufficient to guarantee the admission from Gaza of patients deemed urgent cases, suggesting the Hamas leader may not have been personally involved.

Tait, Robert.  “Hamas leader’s daughter treated in Israeli hospital.”  The Telegraph, October 20, 2014.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Hanieyeh’s brother-in-law was rushed to a hospital in Peta Tikvah, in Israel for urgent heart treatment four months ago, reported Ynet News website on Wednesday.

Suhila Abed el-Salam Ahmed Haniyeh’s husband suffered a serious cardiac episode, which could not be treated at any Gaza hospital. The couple had the option of going to a more advanced medical center in Egypt but chose to go to the Israeli hospital instead.

Al Arabiya.  “Hamas PM’s brother-in-law treated in Israeli hospital.”  August 8, 2012.

The Times of Israel.  “Abbas’s brother-in-law gets life-saving heart surgery in Israel.”  October 23, 2015.

Akram, Fares.  “Gaza Strip patients find help in Israeli hospitals.”  The Times of Israel, May 19, 2015.

Savir, Aryeh.  “Increase in Palestinians Treated in Israeli Hospitals.”  The Algemeiner, August 2, 2013.

In nearly two and a half years, around 2,000 Syrians have been admitted to Israeli hospitals. While the vast majority are male — up to 90 percent at Ziv, the hospital closest to the border — there are women, too, and 17 percent of all patients are children.

There are the very old, and the very new: At least 10 Syrian babies have been born at Ziv alone since Syrians began arriving in February 2013.

Word has spread that Syrians can access medical help over the border from people they’ve long believed are the enemy.

Williams, Sara Elizabeth.  “Inside the Hospital Where Israelis Treat Syrian Patients.”  Vice News, July 25, 2015.

The only rule that remains in place is the one that decrees that the wounded must be treated according to the severity of their condition and ability to survive, and no other criteria.

Resnick, Ran.  “Ethics in the face of terrorism.”  Israel Hayom.  December 18, 2015.

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