Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) has filed a complaint to the International Medical Syndicate against the Israeli Medical Association over systematically denying and subjugating the right to health and safety of Palestinians in the West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip.
The complaint is composed of credible evidence that the Israeli Medical Association has repeatedly failed in its duty to protect the right of Palestinians for adequate health care
The four main issues detailed in the complaint filed by the Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) include compromising the safety of Palestinian medical staff during Israeli raids, as well as the right of Palestinian patients to receive health care.
It also lists the role of doctors assisting in the torture of Palestinian prisoners at the hands of Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency, including
It states: “On the basis of the field data we have collected, we conclude that the Israeli Medical Association is complicit in these ethical failures and gross violations of human rights, and even, in some cases, provides overt support to it.”
The NGO clarified the role of Israeli doctors in torturing Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prison and hospitals, including force-feeding and deliberate medical negligence.
Since the Israeli 2007 siege on Gaza, the Israeli Medical Association ignored the Palestinian urgent need for medical care. The Israeli Medical Association ignored the testimonies presented to it about Gaza children being sent out of the Strip for treatment without their parents.
For decades, Israel has deliberately violated the Palestinians’ right to health care, establishing an apartheid health system in the Palestinian territories occupied in 1967.
Therefore, we called on the International Medical Syndicate to shoulder its responsibilities and implement practical measures to ensure that the Israeli Medical Association adheres to values and principles set by the international medical community.