Online Program

Medicine handcuffed: Palestinian hunger strike in Israel's prisons

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Ruchama Marton, MD, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, Tel Aviv, Israel
During the prison hunger strikes of 2012-13, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel staff witnessed various human rights violations, including violations of the right to health of hunger-striking prisoners and detainees, and violations of medical ethics and of professional health standards. An examination of the conduct of various Israeli medical institutions and medical personnel during the strikes calls into question the extent to which these institutions and personnel applied the various professional and ethical norms and guidelines at their disposal to respond to the challenges that arose during the hunger strikes.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the work of PHR-IL in the occupied Palestinian territories; Analysze the impact of the conditions of occupation on the health status of the occupied population.

Keyword(s): War, Human Rights

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dr. Ruchama Marton is an Israeli practicing psychiatrist, founder and president of Physicians for Human Rights-Israel. She has been especially active in PHR-Israel's activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, and among the Palestinian prison population in Israel. Her work includes clinical care, teaching, and publishing on these topics. See, e.g. Marton R. Health care and the Palestinian bid for statehood. Lancet. 2011 Oct 15;378(9800):1375. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61603-6.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.