New humanitarianism, human rights and the contested meaning of the "political": Physicians for Human Rights - Israel as a case study
The present paper studies two medical humanitarian projects of the Israeli human rights NGO Physicians for Human Rights (PHR-IL) in order to probe the complex relationship between medical humanitarianism, human rights advocacy and political activism. The two projects are a) the Open Clinic for uninsured persons, which is based in Tel Aviv-Yafo and mainly serves undocumented labor migrants and asylum seekers; and b) the Mobile Clinic, which operates in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). Using qualitative methodologies including in-depth interviews and critical discourse analysis, we expose and analyze the tensions and possible synergism between the divergent paradigms underlying humanitarian, human rights and political action.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Provision of health care to the public
Social and behavioral sciences
Discuss the development of different modes of medical humanitarianism and their understanding of the role politics in health. Analyze the case study of Physicians for Human Rights - Israel, focusing on two clinics: the mobile clinic operating in the occupied territory and the open clinic for uninsured person operating in Tel Aviv-Yafo.
Keyword(s): Advocacy, Human Rights
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the co-principal investigator of a study focusing on the tensions between medical humanitarianism and political advocacy. Among my scientific interests are: health policy, public health, social justice and health
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