Gaza 2014-What did we learn?
serious violations of human rights and international law.
Description: Two teams of independent medical experts, in a fact finding mission (FFM)
gathered and documented information from the Gaza Strip during real-time war and shortly after
in this first published report of events from the 2014 war. Its professional account of public
health, medical and civilian safety issues raises issues requiring further in-depth investigation.
Lessons learned: Large numbers of civilian casualties (up to 70%) resulted from lack of or
ineffective warnings of targets, lack of safe passage or location to shelter led to the feeling of no
safe place for the population.
The protection granted to medical teams, hospital staff and physicians was seriously
compromised by specific attacks on medical teams and facilities.
The team documented human rights violations in Khuza’a including the use of civilians as
human shields, humiliation and torture, denial of medical care to those obviously injured and
use of lethal force in residential homes.
The long-term psychological, medical and public health impacts of the 2014 war represent a
monumental challenge for the people of the Gaza Strip for many years to come.
Recommendation: We support Physicians for Human Rights-Israel call for an independent, in-
depth investigation in an attempt to prevent further hostilities leading to life-altering devastation.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Describe the long-term psychological, medical and public health impacts of the 2014 war
Keyword(s): Human Rights, War
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I visited Gaza as part of the FFM and I co-authored the report, and abstract for APHA.
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.