Palwatch: By Maurice Hirsch, Adv. and Itamar Marcus
As part of its self-inflicted financial crisis, in March 2019 the Palestinian Authority decided that Palestinians would no longer be referred to Israeli hospitals. At the time, the PA justified this by claiming it was costing the PA $100 million a year. PMW has just learned that this figure is false and that the PA was in fact lying to its own people by exaggerating the cost of treatment to justify the prohibition.
When the decision was announced, PA Ministry of Health Spokesman Osama Al-Najjar explained:
“This decision was made in response to the deduction of sums [Israel transfers] from the taxes that [Israel] collects each month for the Palestinian coffers. He added that the cost of the referrals to the Israeli hospitals is $100 million a year.” more …
Opinion: Now where on earth did they get that idea from?