In an Op-Ed published in the New York Times on November 25, 2012, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former Prime Minister of Norway Gro Harlem Brundtland call for member countries to approve the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations and talk about their recent visit to Augusta Victoria Hospital:
“A month ago, we stood together on the Mount of Olives in East Jerusalem, on the grounds of the Augusta Victoria Hospital. This medical facility is a Palestinian model of excellence for cancer treatment and is only a few miles from the rest of the West Bank, yet Palestinians face enormously complicated Israeli permit requirements simply to access care.
From the hospital’s vantage point we looked over vast Israeli settlements spreading across the West Bank, as well as the wire fences, high walls and roads that increasingly separate the Jewish and Arab populations.”
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