Profiting from besieged health services in Gaza

Posted: May 11, 2014 in Human Rights, News, Palestine
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February 2014: Corporate Watch’s new briefing exposes how the Israeli economy profits from the siege of health services in Gaza and highlights calls from Palestinian health workers to boycott Israeli pharmaceutical companies.

Besieging health services in Gaza: a profitable business


The Israeli siege of the Gaza Strip prevents the proper functioning of Palestinian health services and the effective treatment of sick patients. At the same time the Israeli economy, and particularly Israeli pharmaceutical and transport companies, benefit from the captive market provided by a population living under occupation.

In summary, the interviews below show that the Israeli siege is detrimental to health services in Gaza in the following ways:

  • Health services, health workers and their patients are subject to direct military attacks.
  • Health services have a shortage of medicines, fuel, medical equipment and spare parts as a result of the siege.
  • Sick patients are often prevented from travelling outside…

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