Doctors used as pawns

JERUSALEM – An Israeli court has ordered the Health Ministry to allow 55 doctors who studied medicine at Al-Quds University in East Jerusalem to take physician licensing exams. The Health Ministry had refused to recognise the Palestinian university, claiming it was a foreign institution, Haaretz reports. Lawyers for the doctors said the Israeli government wanted to shut down Al-Quds University in Jerusalem and the doctors were being used as pawns, despite there being a shortage of medical practitioners in East Jerusalem.