J-Wire (Digital Jewish news daily for Australia and New Zealand), reports on two children from Gaza who were abandoned by their parents on Sunday at the Erez crossing after discharge from Al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem. Their parents became illegal and without permits in Israel.
The IDF (Israeli military) said on Monday that the civilian administration had ensured that the children were brought safely home to Gaza.
This is not the first time Gaza residents have left their children to stay illegally in Israel.
The IDF’s Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), which is responsible for the Arab population in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, reported in February on a four-year-old child found abandoned at the Erez crossing. After the child received medical treatment in Israel and had to return to the Gaza Strip, the father left his child and chose instead to stay illegally in Israel.
“The parent who was to travel home with his child and give him a sense of security, chose to remain illegally in Israel and sent his child alone back to the Gaza Strip without anyone being able to bring him home.” Said the IDF.
COGAT said they encounter more cases of abandoned children in the course of a month.
The head of the Coordination and Liaison Administration (CLA) for Gaza, IDF Colonel Lyad Sarhan, stated:
“The phenomenon of abandoning children at the Erez crossing is unacceptable behavior. As a father of children, I cannot understand how a parent can abandon their child and leave him or her in foreign hands without worrying about the child’s welfare and safety. “
He noted that residents of Gaza who remain in Israel and violate the terms of their permit violate the law.
“As a human being and as a father, I hope that this unacceptable behavior will end and that the people of Gaza will make their children their highest priority,” he added.
The latest case of a child from Gaza abandoned by his parents comes just days after the Palestinian Authority (PA) and others claimed that a girl from Gaza who died at home after receiving medical treatment in Israel, had previously been subjected to violence by the Israelis.
They claimed that five-year-old Aisha Lulu, from the Bureij refugee camp in Gaza, died at home shortly after returning home after receiving medical treatment in Jerusalem.
PA claimed on Sunday that Lulu’s family members were not allowed to enter Israel to be with her while she was hospitalized, following her family’s application to accompany her to Jerusalem in connection with her complicated Brain surgery was denied by the IDF.
While the PA claimed that Lulu was alone after Israel refused to let her parents enter the country, the IDF said that it was Lulu’s parents who refused to leave Gaza and accompany her to the hospital in Jerusalem.
COGAT said on Sunday that “Contrary to what has been said, Israel approved Aisha Lulu’s medical treatment at a hospital in East Jerusalem after her parents signed a declaration that they did not want to leave the Gaza Strip with her. . “
“It should be emphasized that the Gaza District Coordination Office (DCO) policy requires parental guidance in the medical treatment of minors based on the understanding that a child needs his parents in those circumstances. Also in this case, Aisha’s parents were obliged to sign a statement stating that they did not wish to accompany their daughter during the proceedings – for their own reasons – and requested that another person accompany her on their behalf. ” – emphasized COGAT.