Israel bans renowned Norwegian doctor from Gaza for life


Published Friday, November 14, 2014


Israel has banned Norwegian doctor and human rights activist Mads Gilbert from entering the Gaza strip for life, the Norwegian daily The Local reported.

Gilbert, a professor at the University Hospital of North Norway, earned international praise for his philanthropic work in late 2008 during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, an attack against Gaza that left at least 1,400 dead, including over 800 civilians, 350 of whom were children.

This summer, during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, a 51-day attack against Gaza that left over 2,180 Palestinians, mostly civilians, dead, and another 111,000 injured, the 67-year-old doctor travelled to Gaza once again and worked as a doctor at al-Shifa Medical Center.

Last month, Gilbert, who has been treating patients in conflict zones for over 30 years, was stopped en route to the Gaza Strip by Israeli officials.

“Israeli soldiers at the Erez border station told me…

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