My Mideast Punchlines: a real bummer….

The New York Times reports that Gazans are faking doctors’ notes to obtain medical permits to leave the strip. Physicians and hospital technicians, and health administrators are all in on the scam:

But a surgeon at Shifa, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals, said buying fake or exaggerated diagnoses was “becoming a norm,” with lab technicians and hospital administrative staff members serving as “brokers.” The doctor said a colleague had gotten a medical transfer for a hemorrhoid that could have been treated in Gaza in order to go to Germany for a job, and another did similar with an anal fissure.

Small FistGives new meaning to the axiom that Gaza is the arsehole of the world. I feel sorry for those Gazans who can’t afford to bribe a doctor. They are getting a real bum rap.

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