According to the report, the Palestinian population is also being thinned by the revocation of Jerusalem IDs, the freezing of family reunification permits and outright evictions is also detailed. Problems with the separation barrier, access to education and health care are also explored. One case study in the report features the LWF’s Augusta Victoria Hospital’s CEO Dr. Tawfik Nasser discussing the difficulty in expanding hospital space and obtaining pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and necessary permits for EMTs.
Augusta Victoria Hospital has been serving refugees and all who need health care since 1949, and is one of six major health institutions in East Jerusalem. The Lutheran World Federation’s Jerusalem program, which runs the hospital as well as other programs, also has a housing project underway, the Mt. of Olives Housing Project, to address the critical housing shortage for Palestinians and help keep a Palestinian presence in Jerusalem.
Another case study in the report features the the Kasabrehs. Ghassan, the organist at Redeemer Lutheran Congregation, has a Jerusalem ID, but his wife, Rimaz, is from Nablus and only has a West Bank ID. They have been told that the yearly permit they have been issued – a timely and sometimes costly process – will not be issued anymore as of now, so she will be illegal in her own home when her current permit runs out. The Kasabrehs were featured on an ELCA video entitled The Forbidden Family.