For example, radiation for cancer patients is only available in East Jerusalem for West Bank residents; PET-CT, an essential tool for cancer diagnosis, is completely missing in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and must be carried out in Israel.
Every Palestinian has the right to request medical treatment in Israel under conditions that can be presented by an Israeli medical facility and a PA document that guarantees payment. However, over the past few weeks, PA has stopped publishing both documents, and as a result, Palestinian patients have not been treated in Israeli hospitals, including hospitals in East Jerusalem.
Undocumented patients who summon them for treatment cannot be granted permission to enter Israel and are therefore left without the appropriate treatment necessary.
In response to the medical crisis, a human rights NGO criticized policies on both sides and said "patients cannot be the victims of a power struggle between Israel and the Palestinian Authority".
"Israel has to stop the tax deduction, and PA must leave patients out of this fight," the NGO said.
According to an unnamed Israeli medical worker, Palestinian patients should have been officially sent for treatment in Jordan or Egypt. "In reality, however, this will not happen and remain unresolved," he said.