Consortium News:ㅤDoctors in Gaza Respond

Consortium News:ㅤDoctors in Gaza Respond

08-11-23 05:22:00,

The medical providers called on the WHO and rights groups to hold accountable the group of Israeli physicians who betrayed their profession by endorsing the bombing of a hospital in Gaza.

A wounded Palestinian child getting treated at the overcrowded emergency ward of Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza City following an Israeli airstrike on Oct. 11. (Palestinian News & Information Agency, or Wafa, for APAimages, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0)

By Julia Conley
Common Dreams

Physicians who have been working for four weeks to save as many lives as possible from Israel’s “complete siege” of Gaza, even as the healthcare system collapses around them, responded on Monday to a statement by a group of Israeli doctors who over the weekend called for the bombing of a hospital in the besieged territory.

“We as doctors are ambassadors of peace. We save lives,” said the doctors, led by Dr. Marwan Shafiq Al-Ham, director of Muhammad Yusuf Al-Najjar Hospital, in a statement.

“Israeli doctors who signed a letter promoting [the] bombing of hospitals with patients inside have committed a betrayal to their noble profession and bear responsibility.” 

The medical providers called on the World Health Organization and human rights groups that work in the healthcare field to help hold the signers of the letter accountable. 

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