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Israel accused of ignoring psychiatric problems in Palestinian prisoners

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7080.535i (Published 22 February 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:535
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    An Israeli psychiatrist maintains that some Palestinians charged with terrorist or other violent acts have been imprisoned when they were mentally ill and medically unfit to stand trial. Government psychiatrists had said the men were fit to stand trial, calling them malingerers or claiming that they suffered from simple anxiety due to their detention.

    The chairman of the Association of Israeli-Palestinian Physicians for Human Rights, Dr Ruchama Marton, has called on the Israeli Medical Association to hold an inquiry into the diagnosis and treatment of mentally ill Palestinian detainees. In an open letter to the association she says: “Palestinian detainees …

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