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Israeli Medical Association shirks “political aspects” of torture

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 16 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:755
  1. Derek Summerfield, Principal psychiatrist
  1. Medical Foundation for Care of Victims of Torture, London NW5 3EJ

    EDITOR,--There is a body of evidence, collated by both domestic1 and international human rights organisations,2 of the longstanding use of torture in Israel as an instrument of state policy that cannot be ignored. This material also documents the questionable role of doctors in army units and detention centres as well as the persistent silence of the Israeli medical establishment. Only in 1993, following publicity about the existence of a medical “fitness for interrogation” form (in effect fitness for torture), was the Israeli Medical Association prompted to intervene. They disavowed the use of this …

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