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Israel bans graduates of Al Quds University from taking exam to enable them to work in Israel

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 21 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1265
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

The Israeli Medical Association has called on Israel’s health ministry to allow Palestinian doctors who graduate from Al Quds University to practise in East Jerusalem, the disputed territory at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Since the first batch of medical students graduated from Al Quds in 2002 they have not been allowed to take the licensing exam that foreigners take to be able to practise in the Israeli health system. Israel says that because the university has facilities in East Jerusalem, which is under Israeli control, and in the West Bank, which is Palestinian territory, it is not technically a foreign university so its graduates cannot sit this exam. However, if they have not passed the exam they cannot …

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