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Palestinian doctors can sit exam to practise in Israel, court rules

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 22 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2875
  1. Owen Dyer
  1. 1Montreal

A Jerusalem district court has upheld a petition by 55 Palestinian doctors seeking to take licensing exams to allow them to practise in Israel—a route into the Israeli medical system that is open to foreign doctors.

The petitioners were medical graduates of Al-Quds University’s medical school in the West Bank who had been caught up in the long running dispute about the status of East Jerusalem. Because Al-Quds has satellite campuses inside Jerusalem, Israel’s government has refused to recognise its students as foreign trained, fearing that this would imply acceptance that East Jerusalem is not part of Israel.

The eastern part of the city, which is home …

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