Welcome to Scribd. Sign in or start your free trial to enjoy unlimited e-books, audiobooks & documents.Find out more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
1Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel: Ill Morals - Grave violations of the right to health during the Israeli assault on gaza – march 2009 - 01

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel: Ill Morals - Grave violations of the right to health during the Israeli assault on gaza – march 2009 - 01

Ratings: (0)|Views: 7|Likes:
Published by PHR Israel
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel in a Report on Medical Ethics during the War on Gaza:"The Military has repeatedly violated Medical Ethic Codes during its Gaza Offensive"

Prevention of medical assistance from the trapped and the wounded, severe difficulties to emergency medical evacuation, attacks on medical personnel and medical facilities, and de facto prevention from the chronically ill and gravely wounded referral to medical care outside Gaza. "We call for an outside independent body to investigate the events" say representatives of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.

The new report, published today by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, gives room for concern that during the operation in Gaza, Israeli soldiers repeatedly acted in violation of the army's code of ethics, the medical code of ethics, and basic human values. These actions suggest repeated violations of the International Law regarding the treatment of the ill and the wounded and the protection of medical personnel.

The report examines six topics: the situation of the Gaza health system on the eve of the military operation, the difficulties in evacuating the wounded to medical centers outside Gaza, attacks on medical personnel, difficulties in internal evacuation of the wounded, attacks on medical facilities and injury to chronic and acute patients.

Based on numerous first hand testimonies that were brought to the attention of PHR-Israel during the attack, the report depicts a grave picture of the realities in Gaza during those 22 days. In some of the cases revealed to PHR-Israel, the army did not allow for the evacuation of wounded and trapped civilians for days on, leaving them in isolated pockets with no access to food, water and medical treatment. The army did not assist these civilians but even more, it prevented the Palestinian emergency vehicles and staff from reaching these civilians. In other cases, the soldiers did not give medical assistance to wounded human beings that were within several feet from the soldiers. This, in serious violation of the army's Ethical Code for the War on Terror of 2004 that states that "soldiers are obliged to provide adequate health services, as conditions allow, equally to themselves and to the enemy."

PHR-Israel received reports of 16 medical personnel that were killed and 25 that were wounded from the Israeli army's fire, all of them while performing their medical duties. Furthermore, 34 medical facilities were hit by the army, eight hospitals and 26 primary care clinics; this in severe violation of directives of international law that forbid attacks on medical personnel and medical facilities in times of fighting.
Physicians for Human Rights-Israel in a Report on Medical Ethics during the War on Gaza:"The Military has repeatedly violated Medical Ethic Codes during its Gaza Offensive"

Prevention of medical assistance from the trapped and the wounded, severe difficulties to emergency medical evacuation, attacks on medical personnel and medical facilities, and de facto prevention from the chronically ill and gravely wounded referral to medical care outside Gaza. "We call for an outside independent body to investigate the events" say representatives of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.

The new report, published today by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, gives room for concern that during the operation in Gaza, Israeli soldiers repeatedly acted in violation of the army's code of ethics, the medical code of ethics, and basic human values. These actions suggest repeated violations of the International Law regarding the treatment of the ill and the wounded and the protection of medical personnel.

The report examines six topics: the situation of the Gaza health system on the eve of the military operation, the difficulties in evacuating the wounded to medical centers outside Gaza, attacks on medical personnel, difficulties in internal evacuation of the wounded, attacks on medical facilities and injury to chronic and acute patients.

Based on numerous first hand testimonies that were brought to the attention of PHR-Israel during the attack, the report depicts a grave picture of the realities in Gaza during those 22 days. In some of the cases revealed to PHR-Israel, the army did not allow for the evacuation of wounded and trapped civilians for days on, leaving them in isolated pockets with no access to food, water and medical treatment. The army did not assist these civilians but even more, it prevented the Palestinian emergency vehicles and staff from reaching these civilians. In other cases, the soldiers did not give medical assistance to wounded human beings that were within several feet from the soldiers. This, in serious violation of the army's Ethical Code for the War on Terror of 2004 that states that "soldiers are obliged to provide adequate health services, as conditions allow, equally to themselves and to the enemy."

PHR-Israel received reports of 16 medical personnel that were killed and 25 that were wounded from the Israeli army's fire, all of them while performing their medical duties. Furthermore, 34 medical facilities were hit by the army, eight hospitals and 26 primary care clinics; this in severe violation of directives of international law that forbid attacks on medical personnel and medical facilities in times of fighting.

More info:

Published by: PHR Israel on Nov 08, 2010
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

05/12/2014

pdf

text

original

 
1
"Ill Morals":
Grave Violations of the Right to Health during the Israeli Assault onGazaMarch 2009
Written by:
Dan Magen
Preface
 
written by
: Dr. Ze'ev Winer and Hadas Ziv
Research:
Tom Mehager, Reut Katz, Eyal Niv, Miri Weingarten, Salah Haj-Yahya,Ran Yaron
Editing:
Ran Yaron
English Translation and Editing:
Saul Vardi, Tami Sarfatti, Gila Norich
 
 
2
Table of Contents
 
Preface ……………………………………………………………………………… 3Summary ……………………………………………………………………………. 6Introduction ………………………………………………………………………… 9Gaza Health System on the Eve of the Crisis ...………………………………...... 12Evacuation of the Wounded to Medical Centers Outside the Strip.……….….. 15Attacks on Medical Crews ……..…………………………………………………. 25Evacuation Inside the Gaza Strip – Injured and Trapped Civilians ………..…. 34Attacks on Medical Installations in the Gaza Strip …….………………………. 41Injury to Chronically and Acutely Ill Patients...……………..………………….. 45Conclusion …………………………………………………………………………. 51Appendices ………………………………………………………………………… 55
 
3
Preface
During its attack on Gaza, Israel put in place various obstacles, such that Palestiniancivilians found themselves under a state of siege for hours and sometimes days,without water food or electricity. The wounded too were forced to wait long hours,even days, for evacuation. Medical crews and facilities sustained direct fire. Thetestimonies presented in this report underscore the suspicion that a qualitativetransformation occurred in the army’s ethical conduct vis-à-vis civilians injuredduring the fighting. This report limits itself to a discussion of the ways in which thearmy related to injured civilians, and does not discuss the broader topic of the changein the means and methods of fighting.Many works that deal with the moral and ethical dilemmas which have arisen due tothe change from conventional to urban warfare, like that employed in the fighting inthe Occupied Palestinian Territory ask the question of whether the ethicalconsiderations guiding the Israeli military should change as well.
1
In reality, it seemsthat the question has been answered and Palestinian civilians are paying for it withtheir lives. The Israeli public’s perception of its enemy as one which does not valuehuman life (whether by “attacking Israeli civilians” or “using its own civilians ashuman shields”), has brought about a change in the conduct of the Israeli militaryThe army has found partial endorsement in controversial ethical codes like those justifying targeted assassination, in contradiction to international law. This, inaddition to on-going demonization of Palestinians
2
, erosion of moral considerations asthe conflict wears on, and disappointment arising from the seeming absence of a
1
See Nevo Baruch, Shor Yael,
 Musar, Etica ve-Mishpat bi-Lehimah, (Morality, Ethics and Law inWarfare),
The Israeli Institute for Democracy: Army and Society Project, (2003).
2
See for example: “There are enemies that are personally in an ethnic or religious confrontation withus. Their goal is to kill as many Jews as possible, to deliver us from our land or to take away ourindependence. They are willing to commit suicide to this end and to make an effort to their last breathin order to execute their attacks. An enemy of this kind, even when wounded, continues to be anenemy. [and is therefore not under the defence of international treatise]. The oath of the paramedicdoes not distinguish between an enemy and a friend, and in that it stands in contradiction to Jewish law[Halachah] that does make that same distinction. Due to the fact that every Jew is under oath sinceBiblical times to follow the laws of the Torah, this paramedic oath is not binding by Jewish law. Inaddition one might comment that nowadays medical treatment and life-saving procedures are veryexpensive. The Paramedic Oath reflects a superficial kind of morality, and is irrelevant in modernreality. " Rabbi Dror Baramah, answering a soldier's question. http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340'L-3439603,00.html
 

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->