April 28, 2009 by theradicalmormon
In Christ’s time he would sometimes heal the blind so that they could see again…. or for the first time. In the 9th chapter of the book of John in the New Testament the pharisees used Christ’s healing of a blind man as an opportunity to call Christ a sinner and show cruelty to the now-seeing man by casting him out of the synagogue after he defended Christ.
Now, the descendants of the pharisees in the current state of Israel are disrespecting the blind again. The amazing Mohammed Omer reports thusly:
Mohammed Al-Sheikh Yousef could save his eyesight if only he could cross the border out of Gaza. He was denied a permit by Israel; he got one from Egypt, but not for someone to accompany him. And he can’t go on his own because he cannot see very well.
“If Mohammed does not get out of Gaza for medical treatment within the next 14 days, he may totally lose his eyesight and be blind for life,” Dr. Mawia Hasaneen, head of the ambulance and emergency service for Gaza hospitals told IPS in a telephone interview.
“In the past few weeks we have received 150 appeals from people in Gaza who are in need of urgent medical care,” says Ran Yaron from Physicians for Human Rights, a human rights group in Israel that campaigns on behalf of Palestinian patients to obtain exit permits for healthcare.
“We submitted 99 applications to the Israeli army on behalf of the patients, but only 15 cases were approved,” Yaron told IPS. “Israel as the occupying power has primary responsibility for the health of the civilians of Gaza because it controls the crossings. It should not use the patients as a political tool.”
The emergency staff often stand by helpless spectators to suffering. “I just received a call from the mother of a four-year-old child from Jabalyia refugee camp in the north, her son has congestive heart failure and respiratory distress,” said Dr. Hasaneen. “As an official I can’t stand watch her child dying simply because medical treatment is not available in Gaza and the borders are closed.” But he has no option but to do just that.
At the end of the story in John 9, Jesus says: