What the Guardian won’t report: Disabled and abandoned Palestinian child cared for by Israel

A Palestinian boy named Mohammed Al-Farra, now 3 1/2, was born in  Khan Younis, Gaza with a genetic disease which led to amputations of his feet and hands, and left him with a compromised immune system and other debilitating conditions. 

Though the boy naturally became completely dependent on others, his parents abandoned him and the Palestinian government refused to pay for his medical care.  So, he now lives at Safra Children’s Hospital, in the Israeli city of Ramat Gan, where doctors began treating him when he was just an infant.


Mohammed spends his days undergoing treatment, getting around in a tiny wheelchair and learning how to use prosthetic limbs – and is cared for by his 55-year-old grandfather, Hamouda.  The Israeli doctors have reportedly grown quite attached to the boy, and fundraise to cover the cost of his care, and which also allows him and his grandfather to live in the pediatric ward.


Hamouda Al-Farra puts his grandson Mohammed in a wheelchair in the Tel Hashomer Hospital

A recent report on the young disabled Palestinian boy in AP noted the following, which, though quite moving, wouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who has spent any time in Israeli hospitals.

On a recent day at the children’s hospital, patients and medics chatted in Hebrew and Arabic. Women in Muslim headscarves strolled in a corridor. An Orthodox Jewish woman affectionately patted Mohammed on his head. She nodded kindly at al-Farra.


Hamouda Al-Farra holds his grandson Mohammed as they speak with Israeli doctor Raz Somech

In 2012, Israeli authorities approved 91.5 percent of applications from Gaza to receive medical care in Israel, a year in which a total of 219,469 Palestinian patients from the West Bank and Gaza received treatment in Israeli hospitals – a number which includes over 20,000 children.

Terrorist attack in Tel Aviv injures 21

Per the Jerusalem Post.

“A terrorist blew up [the #142] bus on Shaul Hamelech Street in Tel Aviv around noon Wednesday.

Police confirmed that the explosion was a terrorist attack, although Channel 2 reported that it was not a suicide bombing and thus police were searching the area for additional explosive devises.

Channel 2 reported that police arrested a suspect near the Ramat Gan diamond exchange, who they believe may be carrying an explosive device. Police believe a female terrorist may still be at large in the area, armed with explosives.”

Haaretz is reporting 21 injuries.

Celebratory gunfire was heard in Gaza in reaction to the attack, which was praised by Hamas.