As Palestinian doctors working in Israel, we find ourselves in a difficult and painful position. While we have taken an oath to save lives and provide medical care to all patients, regardless of their background, we are forced to witness and remain silent about the ongoing massacres unfolding before our eyes.
Every day, we witness the suffering and pain of our fellow Palestinians as they face violence and oppression. We see the devastating consequences of the Israeli occupation on their physical and mental health. Yet, we are unable to speak out or take action due to the fear of repercussions from our colleagues and authorities.
Encouragement from Colleagues
What makes this situation even more distressing is the fact that some of our colleagues actively encourage these massacres. They justify the violence and support the Israeli government’s oppressive policies. This not only goes against our ethical principles as healthcare professionals but also adds to our frustration and helplessness.
The Oath We Took
As doctors, we took an oath to prioritize the well-being and health of our patients. We are committed to providing care without discrimination or prejudice. However, the reality we face contradicts these principles. We witness the unequal access to healthcare for Palestinians, the denial of medical permits for those in need of specialized treatment, and the targeting of healthcare facilities during military operations.
The Impact on Palestinian Health
The Israeli occupation has had a severe impact on the health of Palestinians. The constant violence and trauma have led to high rates of mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The lack of access to proper healthcare facilities and resources further exacerbates these issues.
Moreover, the restrictions imposed on movement and access to healthcare services have resulted in delays in diagnosis and treatment for many Palestinians. Patients are often unable to reach hospitals or clinics in a timely manner, leading to worsening conditions and preventable deaths.
The Importance of Speaking Out
While we understand the risks involved in speaking out against the Israeli occupation, we believe it is our duty as healthcare professionals to advocate for the health and well-being of all individuals, regardless of their nationality or ethnicity. By remaining silent, we are complicit in the suffering and injustice faced by our Palestinian patients.
We urge our colleagues, both within Israel and internationally, to stand up against these atrocities and use their positions of influence to bring about change. By raising awareness about the dire situation faced by Palestinians, we can work towards a more just and equitable healthcare system.
As Palestinian doctors working in Israel, we are confronted with a moral dilemma. We witness the ongoing massacres and oppression faced by our fellow Palestinians, yet we are forced to remain silent. We call on our colleagues to join us in speaking out against these injustices and advocating for the health and well-being of all individuals, regardless of their background. It is time for us to fulfill our oath as healthcare professionals and work towards a more equitable future for all.