Is Israel its brother's keeper? Responsibility and solidarity in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Zohar Lederman, Emily Shepp, Shmuel Lederman

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This article examines the Israeli government's role in supporting living conditions conducive to health in the occupied Palestinian territories (OPT). Limiting the discussion to public health, the authors argue that-whether justified in its overall political policy-the Israeli government and people are legally and ethically obligated to care for the well-being of the Palestinian people. The authors first review the current situation in the OPT and compare health statistics with Israel. Next, the authors make three arguments as to why the Israeli government and citizens should assist the Palestinian people: moral responsibility, legal responsibility and solidarity. Based on these, the authors make the case for Israel's moral duty to ensure that Palestinian people living in the OPT achieve equitable levels of health as compared to Israeli citizens, while minimizing restrictions on Palestinian self-determination. The authors urge the Israeli government and citizens to improve Palestinian's daily living conditions, tackle inequitable distribution of power and allow international support in these efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-120
Number of pages18
JournalPublic Health Ethics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes

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© The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
  • Health Policy


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