Gaza patients “forced” to help security services in exchange for Israeli medical treatment

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 08 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1879
  1. Merav Sarig
  1. 1Jerusalem

    A report issued this week by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel indicates that the Shin Bet security services conduct a policy of forcing patients to provide information as a condition of being allowed to leave the Gaza Strip for medical care.

    According to the human rights organisation the number of Palestinian patients who are summoned for interrogation as a precondition to receiving an exit permit from Gaza for treatment has risen. Between January 2008 and March 2009 at least 438 patients were interrogated by the Shin Bet.

    The report, which was presented this week to the United Nations Committee …

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