By Jacey Herman, February 5, 2009
If 14-year-old Amira al-Qerem does not get specialist medical care soon, she will never be able to walk again.
She is one of four children in Gaza City’s Al Shifa hospital waiting for permission to be evacuated to France. Hamas in Gaza has agreed, but the Fatah government in Ramallah is refusing, arguing that Hamas is using the children to garner international sympathy. This war of words is just another sign of the ever-increasing rivalry between the Palestinian factions.