Medical Lawfare: The Nakba and Israel’s Attacks on Palestinian Healthcare by Nicola Perugini & Neve Gordon

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  1. In this article, the authors coin the phrase medical lawfare to describe how Israel has been justifying its systematic attacks on healthcare facilities in the Gaza Strip during its five military assaults on the besieged enclave between 2008 and 2023. They show how Israel mobilizes the laws of armed conflict dealing with human shields and “hospital shields” to securitize lifesaving and sustaining infrastructures and legitimize their destruction. They describe how medical lawfare works as a racialized form of necropolitical governance that intensifies the Nakba’s settler-colonial logic of elimination while casting Palestinians as guilty of bringing disaster upon themselves.

Continue reading at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0377919X.2024.2330366