Morphine for Gaza? Limits of care during genocidal violence by Rachel Coghlan, James Smith, Osaid Alser

PLEASE TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW AND SEND YOUR LETTER TO THE UN OFFICE OF THE SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE AND THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT PROSECUTOR.

  • In Gaza, during escalations in Israeli aggression and clearly illustrated in the current crisis, most palliative care needs are the direct consequence of life-threatening injuries sustained after Israeli military violence, coupled with the intentional decimation of the health-care system and the blatant denial of life-sustaining assistance. The decision to provide palliative care for many Palestinians is rarely—if ever—biomedically determined at the limits of comprehensive health-care provision. Rather, the threshold for palliative care is dynamic and politically determined by the Israeli state’s impunity to its international legal obligations as related to the right to health as an occupying power.
  • … We must expose and remediate these root causes of suffering by advocating for an immediate end to the genocidal violence perpetrated against the Palestinian people. Such acknowledgment and action is the necessary response from a profession whose role is to promote dignity, care, and compassion in death and dying.

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