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The Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

Three nurses and a doctor were attacked this weekend by relatives of a patient from the area of Wadi Ara.

The patient suffered from inoperable terminal cancer, and died.

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The family of the patient threatened the medical staff — and eventually physically attacked them — when the patient starting bleeding on Saturday.

Security personnel summoned to the room were likewise beaten.

National Association of Nurses Chairperson Ilana Cohen told reporters in a statement that nurses nationwide will strike “throughout the entire health system” if the government does not take immediate action to prevent such violence.

Nurses at the medical center held a mini-strike for several hours on Sunday morning to protest the violence.

This is not the first time — nor the second or third — that medical personnel have been attacked in Israeli hospitals and clinics, in addition to the challenges they have faced in dodging infections by the coronavirus.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.