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Patients from Gaza are being refused transit for treatment unless they spy on neighbours, says report

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 06 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1180

Rx for Jerusalem

Notwithstanding the terrible realities of Gaza and the West Bank, the central
issue between the Israelis and Palestinians is philosophical, and based in
Jerusalem. Like most cities, Jerusalem is divided by competing political and
religious philosophies. Unfortunately, the competition associated with these
well-meaning philosophies often creates unintended conflict. I propose that
Jerusalem, and other cities, counteract such conflict by developing a new, non-
political, non-religious, non-competitive philosophy based on our common
humanity. Such a philosophy would emphasize that all people, regardless of
politics or religion, or any other divisive factor, share common origins, needs,
and rights.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 August 2008
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA