The military prevented a Palestinian man from going abroad for urgent liver transplant surgery, demanding that he first sign a second undertaking not to “engage in terror” while abroad המוקד להגנת הפרט
08.01.2017
The military prevented a Palestinian man from going abroad for urgent liver transplant surgery, demanding that he first sign a second undertaking not to “engage in terror” while abroad
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On February 23, 2016, HaMoked contacted the military on behalf of a Palestinian father of six from Tubas in the West Bank who required a liver transplant due to cirrhosis, requesting to lift the exit ban against the man and to allow him to travel to Jordan via the Allenby Bridge Border Crossing for preoperative medical tests and treatments.

As no response arrived, HaMoked petitioned the High Court of Justice (HCJ) on March 3, 2016, to instruct the military to allow the man to leave his country for vital medical treatment in Jordan. HaMoked stressed that delaying the medical treatment further might put the man’s life at risk, and that the military’s conduct was in severe violation of the man’s basic right to health and medical care.

On March 17, 2016, before the court hearing, the state decided to lift the ban on the man’s exit to Jordan subject to the man's signed undertaking not to engage in “terror” while abroad. Once he signed the undertaking, the ban was lifted that same day.

After the medical tests and treatment in Jordan, the man returned to his home in the West Bank to complete the arrangements for the surgery, scheduled for January 2017.

On January 3, 2017, the man’s passage through Allenby Bridge Border Crossing in an ambulance due to his severe medical condition was coordinated. But when the sick man arrived at the crossing with his wife and daughter, who was to donate the liver, the security forces prevented him from continuing to Jordan.

The State’s Attorney’s Office notified HaMoked that the man would only be permitted to travel provided he signed an additional undertaking to forgo terror.

On January 6, 2017, the man left for Jordan, on his way to liver transplant surgery in Turkey.
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