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Israel Bans Norwegian Doctor’s Entry to Gaza for Life

Gilbert has over 30 years traveled in and out of Gaza to help the injured Palestinian people. During the 50-day Israel assault this summer, Gilbert treated some of the 11,000 injured civilians at Shifa hospital in Gaza. 

When he was going back in October to follow up patients and work on several humanitarian projects at the same hospital, he was stopped by the Israeli authorities, according to VG.

– When we arrived at the Erez crossing, I was told by Israeli soldiers that I cannot go into Gaza, says Gilbert.

Talking to VG, Bård Glad Pedersen from the Foreign Ministry said Norway has taken up the ban issue and asked Israel to overturn the decision. 

– The humanitarian situation in Gaza is still difficult and there is a need for health care workers, said Pedersen. 

About Mads Gilbert

Mads Fredrik Gilbert is a Norwegian doctor, activist and politician from the socialist party Red. He received his PhD at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He is a specialist in anesthesiology and a leader of the emergency medicine department of University Hospital of North Norway, and has been adjunct professor of emergency medicine at the University of Tromsø since 1995.

Gilbert has a broad range of international experiences, especially in locations where medical and political issues merge. He has done volunteer work at a kibbutz. Later he became actively involved with solidarity work concerning Palestinians since the 1970s, he has served as a doctor during numerous periods in the Palestinian territories and Lebanon. His efforts have been central to leading the city of Tromsø, since 2001 a twin town of Gaza, to claim to be the city that has sent more health workers to the Palestinian territories than any other in the world.

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