Norwegian doctor who has worked in Gaza is refused entry to Israel

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 18 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6945
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

A well known Norwegian anaesthesiologist who has helped to treat wounded people in Gaza during several wars has been barred from returning to the state and from entering Israel.

Mads Gilbert, 67, has made repeated criticisms to international media about Israel’s blockade of Gaza and its military campaign. He was also one of 24 signatories of an “open letter for the people of Gaza” published in the Lancet this July, which was highly critical of Israel.1

Gilbert has worked as a visiting surgeon at Gaza’s main hospital, the Al-Shifa, during Operation Cast Lead in 2008-09, Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, and Operation Protective Edge in 2014. During the first conflict, …

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