Saturday, December 1, 2012

Palestinian comedy hour: 'Israel behind increase in Palestinian AIDS cases'

PA official: Palestinians who work in Israel subjected to "political blackmail" by authorities - something that exposes them to AIDS.
(JPost) Israel is responsible for the increase in the number of AIDS patients in the Palestinian territories, As'ad Ramlawi, director of Primary Heath Care in the Palestinian Authority, claimed Saturday.

Ramlawi's allegation was reported by the PA's official new agency Wafa.

Ramlawi was speaking during an event organized by the PA Ministry of Health in Jenin, marking the United Nation's World Aids Day.

He claimed that Palestinians who go to work in Israel are subjected to "political blackmail" by Israeli authorities - something that exposes them to AIDS.

Ramlawi did not explain what he meant by "political blackmail" and how it is connected to AIDS.

But some Palestinians have in the past claimed that Israeli security forces recruit "collaborators" by first seducing them to have sexual intercourse with prostitutes and then threatening to publish their photos in public if they refused to serve as informants.

In the past, Egyptian newspapers had also accused Israel of spreading AIDS in the Arab world by dispatching prostitutes to these countries.

Ramlawi revealed that there were 77 cases of AIDS patients in the Palestinian territories.