A call from justice to support the people in Gaza

Zohar Lederman, Shmuel Lederman, Emily Shepp Daniels

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Using Madison Powers and Ruth Faden's definition of ‘well-being,’ the authors argue that Israel, the international community and public health practitioners have a justice-based obligation to assist the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Focusing on Palestinians in Gaza, the authors first outline a normative framework of justice, as articulated by Powers and Faden. Following Powers and Faden's assumption that empirical assessments of justice can be made using the six dimensions of well-being, the authors next present current data on the living conditions in Gaza and describe how these conditions prevent residents from achieving sufficient levels of well-being. Using these indicators to demonstrate that Palestinians living in Gaza suffer deficiencies in these dimensions of well-being, the authors present a strong argument from justice to assist the residents of Gaza. The medical, public health, and bioethics community cannot sit idle while injustice continues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)116-122
Number of pages7
JournalDeveloping World Bioethics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
18United Nations Office for the Coordination Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. (2017). Appeal for funding to stabilize Gaza's deteriorating humanitarian conditions. Retrieved September 26, 2018, from https://www.ochaopt.org/ content/appeal-funding-stabilize-gaza-s-deteriorating-humanitarian-conditions-0. 19Ibid. 20United Nations Country Team in the Occupied Territory, op. cit. note 2 21Reuters. (2018). Israel said would keep Gaza near collapse: WikiLeaks. Retrieved September 26, 2018, from https://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCATRE7041GH20110105. 22Gisha. (2018). Gaza Up Close. Retrieved September 26, 2018, from http://features. gisha.org/gaza-up-close/.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.


  • Bioethics
  • Gaza
  • Occupied Palestinian Territory
  • Social determinants of health
  • Social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy


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