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Video: Gazans with disabilities 'lost between 2 governments'

Dec. 11, 2013 11:20 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 16, 2013 9:24 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- On the International Day of People with Disabilities, Palestinians in Gaza marched in solidarity with over 100,000 disabled fellow citizens, who are regularly denied basic services.

According to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, a law passed in 1994 requires that the government provide people with disabilities access to education, employment, rehabilitation, and health services. However, the law has not been implemented on a grand scale in Gaza or the West Bank.

Disabled Palestinians in Gaza in need of regular treatment say they feel lost between the Hamas government and the Palestinian Authority government in the West Bank, regimes which routinely duck healthcare responsibilities and point the finger at one another.

On the International Day for People with Disabilities, the PCHR called for "an immediate end to the ongoing internal division that has had a catastrophic impact on the rights of disabled persons in particular."

The rights organization also called on the international community to pressure Israel to stop "human rights violations" that cause disabilities, in clear reference to the Israeli offensives in Gaza in 2008-2009 and 2012 which killed hundreds and injured thousands of Palestinians.

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