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Call for boycott against the Israel Medical Association

Posted by uscsjp on March 28, 2007

Statement, Various Undersigned, 27 March 2007


Israeli soldiers stop and search a Palestinian ambulance outside Hebron, 12 March 2007. (MaanImages/Mamoun Wazwaz)

Palestinian Medical and Health Institutions Call for Imposing Measures against the Israel Medical Association (IMA)

Whereas the IMA’s medical ethics record on torture has been well documented, and the institution has never denounced or seriously confronted the Israeli government on its shameless use of torture;

Whereas the IMA has shown blatant disregard for the ethical issue of medical neutrality, with the IMA unconditionally defending the violations of medical neutrality by the Israeli army in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT);

Whereas the IMA is charged with being the executive arm of the Israeli establishment working to support political imperatives rather than serving universal medical ethics;

Whereas the IMA violates it own Physicians’ Code of Ethics, which stipulates that the goal of the IMA is to: “… maintain a suitable professional and ethical level in the medical profession”;

Whereas the IMA has either contributed directly to maintaining, defending, or justifying oppression and wars, or has stood silently in the face of civilian deaths in the OPT and Lebanon; the killing, harassment and wounding of Palestinian and Lebanese health professionals on duty; and the destruction of the Palestinian and Lebanese health systems — in the OPT as a result of destruction of the infrastructure, the apartheid Wall, and in Lebanon as a result of the massive destruction of infrastructure, roads, bridges and petrol outlets– all systematic violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention;

Given that all forms of international intervention have failed to force Israel to comply with international law or to end its repression of Palestinians and the unjust war in Lebanon;

Given that direct appeals to the IMA have been unavailing, including those from both local and international health and human rights organisations over many years, and despite a mass of incriminating documentation;

Given that the World Medical Association, responsible for monitoring medical ethics worldwide, and which has as its current Chair of Council the IMA president, has repeatedly declined to take action as it is mandated to do;

Given that people of conscience in the international community of medical and health professionals and workers shoulder the moral responsibility to fight injustice, as exemplified in their struggle to abolish apartheid in South Africa through various forms of boycott and sanctions;

In the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression,

We, the undersigned, Palestinian Medical and Health institutions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, call on world medical and health institutions to:

1. Immediately end cooperation with, and refrain from participation in, any form of collaboration or joint activities with the IMA.

2. Advocate for the condemnation of the IMA.

3. Support Palestinian medical and health institutions directly without requiring them to partner with Israeli counterparts as a condition for such support.

The Medical Association -Jerusalem (Palestinian Physician’s Union); Maqassed Hospital – Jerusalem; Red Crescent Society – Gaza; The Gaza Community Mental Health Program; Arab Women’s Union Hospital – Nablus; Union of Palestinian Medical Relief Committees – West Bank and Gaza (Palestinian Medical Relief Society); Health Work Committees; Union of Health Work Committees – Gaza; Union of Health Care Committees; The National Society for Rehabilitation – Gaza; Near East Council of Churches Committee for Refugees – Gaza; Union of Agricultural Work Committees; Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for the Victims of Torture (TRC); Patients Friends Society – Jenin; Union of Palestinian Handicapped; Palestinian Family Planning and Protection Association; Health Policy Forum; Project Loving Care – Jerusalem; Palestinian National Institute for NGO’s. (link)

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6 Responses to “Call for boycott against the Israel Medical Association”

  1. j norman said

    These are Lebanese soldiers wearing lebanese uniforms. You should not put out false information. It makes you look highly untrustworthy.

  2. uscsjp said

    This is taken from the Electronic Intifada site, so if you feel there is a mistake, please contact them. See http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article6737.shtml

  3. RSD said

    Is it not correct that Palestinian forces have used ambulances to ferry arms and personnel? Is it also not correct that Palestinian forces have abused access to Israeli medical facilities, like the woman attempted suicide bomber whose appiontment card for an Israeli hospital was intended to be the means by which she circumvented security?
    If the Palestinians breach international law regarding ambulances and abuse the privilege of having access to Israel health care. Is it any wonder that the IDF stop patients, health care professionals and ambulances alike?
    May I suggest that the remedy is in the hands of the Palestinians in this case.

  4. Joy Wolfe said

    I will be happy to send video evidence of the Palestinian misuse of ambulances, and yes it is indeed true that a female suicide bomber was on her way to the very hospital that had previously treated her.
    And what about the evidence of a stretcher born ‘dead’ body falling off, getting up and getting back on again. Or the suicide belt under the ambulance bed that an old woman was lying on. Or the UN ambulance being used to let Palestinian gunmen escape – as well as terrorists dressed as medical personnel in ambulances
    So many lies, ao much misinformation, and so many staged false pictures and inaccuarate headlines
    The soldiers in the picture are clearly not Israeli, but what else would you expect from Electronic Intifada
    Why can’t intelligent people see when they are constantly being duped
    Israel has improved Palestinian medical care, many Palestinians access Israeli hospitals and Israeli medical research and resulting lifesaving equipment and drugs has benefited the world and has saved and will save hundreds of thousands of lives
    What a travesty to call for a boycott of Isralei doctors, many of whom travel the world sharing their expertise and carrying out lifesaving operations and procedures. Many risked their lives travelling into Gaza

  5. uscsjp said

    “Israel has improved Palestinian medical care”–I assume this goal has been achieved by killing thousands of innocent Palestinians in the last five years and injuring many thousands more.

    Oops, I forgot — they’re only responding to terrorism, right?

  6. Mark Gillis said

    Judging by the above comment by Uscsjp their minds and minds of those who agree with them are not simply closed, but padlocked. The fact that 130 doctors in the UK could remotely consider this ill advised action means that that they will betray what their profession stands for. Their action must surely pale into insignificance beside actions of brave doctors in Israel, who treat Palestinians and Israelis alike with the same high standard of care. This “cut off your nose to spite your face” intention can only harm the very people they say they want to help. Let us hope that these doctors’ colleagues will succeed in dissuading them, and that common sense and a real willingness to work towards peace will prevail.

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