The Jerusalem International Airport is opening a new hospital next week that is designed to accommodate the needs of the growing number of Jews and Muslims living in the occupied West Bank.
The new facility, which will serve the most vulnerable patients, will be built by a Israeli-based company called the Golden Dome Construction, which has been granted permission by the Israeli government to build a new medical complex for the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The complex will be one of a series of hospitals being built by the same company, which is headed by Yossi Gal, a retired general who was Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations during the Israeli occupation of the West Wall and the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem in 1967.
The construction of the Golden and Golden Dome medical complexes is part of a larger plan to create hundreds of new hospitals in Israel over the next several years, as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict drags on and as Israeli security forces tighten security measures around the Temple Mount and Jewish neighborhoods of East Jerusalem.
Last year, Israel demolished more than 100 homes and businesses in East Jerusalem, and in November, the Israeli military struck two mosques in the Old City of Jerusalem that were allegedly being used by Islamic extremists as weapons.
The Israeli government has accused Islamic extremists of carrying out a series in which three suicide bombers blew themselves up in the Haram al-Sharif compound and in the al-Ajsa Mosque.
The Israeli military has said that it is targeting the mosques to stop the growing violence in East and West Jerusalem.
The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for both attacks.
The Golden Dome hospital is the latest in a string of Israeli hospitals designed to serve the Palestinian needs.
In September, a new state-of-the-art Palestinian hospital was built on a former military hospital in the village of Beit Hanoun, located near Ramallah in the Jordan Valley, in the north of the occupied Palestinian territory.
The facility, named al-Quds hospital, was intended to be the first Palestinian health center in the Occupied West Bank, and the Israeli Health Ministry has promised that it will be a model for other medical facilities in the region.
Al-Qud hospital is being built on the former military air base, the al-‘Aqas airbase, where the Israeli Air Force operates its aircraft carrier.
The facility is slated to be completed in 2020.
The Israel Air Force is currently based in the base, and is a key part of the Israeli security apparatus that controls the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba, where Israel also has an illegal settlement in the Golan Heights.
The building of al-Rashid hospital in East Silwan was the second hospital in a series being constructed by the company.
In 2016, the company began building an artificial reef at the coastal enclave, the northern part of which is under Israeli control.
The company is building an additional reef on the northern tip of the enclave.
The project, which was to include a hospital, recreation center and school, was delayed by the death of a local businessman and the arrest of several members of the local community, the group said.
The project was approved after a vote by the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, the umbrella organization for Palestinian health organizations.
In December, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that the construction of al-‘Rashad hospital “is an important step in the development of a comprehensive Palestinian health infrastructure that serves the most severely ill patients and is fully compatible with the [Palestinian] constitution.”
Al-‘Rasad, the ICRC said, “will be the largest hospital in Gaza Strip that will have an intensive care unit.”
The hospital, according to the organization, will have five hospitals and a primary care center and will be able to provide medical treatment to around 1,000 patients a day.
The Palestinian Red Cross has said it hopes to expand the facility to provide additional services to the Palestinians, particularly those who are under the age of 25, and to provide emergency care to people with chronic illnesses, including tuberculosis and malaria.
Israel’s Defense Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the development.