'On 17 May, a 5-year-old child died from cancer in a hospital in Gaza.
She died with her family around her. But she didn’t know that.
In fact, she had spent most of the past month alone in hospitals in Jerusalem, separated from her parents and other relatives by the Israeli permit system that controls the movement of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.
Only when treatment failed and she was no longer conscious was she sent back to her family in Gaza.
Aisha Lulu of the Bureij Refugee Camp in Gaza had been diagnosed with brain cancer in April. She had been having headaches and vomiting attacks since March and doctors found a brain tumor on 7 April.
With no specialist doctors in Gaza and in view of her age, Aisha was granted a permit by the Israeli military authorities to allow her to attend al-Makassed, a Palestinian hospital in East Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.
But neither of her parents were allowed to accompany her. In fact, not one of her relatives was cleared by the Israeli military to take the child to hospital.
“It is an hour-and-a-half drive from Gaza to Jerusalem,” said her mother, Muna, 27. “My heart broke every day my daughter was away.”
Muna was angry. She was angry at her child’s tumor. She was angry that there was nowhere near her that could treat her. And she was particularly angry at the Israeli military that let Aisha suffer alone.
“Why does Israel treat us like this? We are not affiliated to any political faction, we are just normal people.”'
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