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Human rights group calls on Israel to save Palestinian health services

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 25 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1231
  1. Donald Macintyre
  1. Gaza

    Two eminent Israeli doctors have called on their government to take immediate action to prevent the collapse of health services in Gaza and the West Bank in the wake of the international and Israeli boycott of the Hamas led Palestinian Authority.

    Rafi Walden, head of surgery and assistant director at Sheba Hospital, and Zvi Bentwich, an epidemiologist who founded Israel's first AIDS clinic, warned that Palestinian health services were facing a full scale “emergency” because of the funding cuts by Israel and donor countries.

    Both professors are board members of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, which produced a report last week warning that the occupied territories face a “humanitarian disaster” because …

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