Do no harm : the dispute over access to health care between Israel and the Palestinian territories
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Cardozo journal of international and comparative law, Vol. 22, no. 1, Fall 2013, p. 51-84
Some, including the Israeli government, argue that the West Bank is not an occupied territory, and Israel therefore is not obligated under IHL to the Palestinians living in those territories. This Note focuses on the interplay between Israeli security concerns and whether international humanitarian law (IHL) applies to Israel’s obligation to provide health care to residents of the West Bank in this context. It will argue that IHL requires Israel to provide for health care services to Palestinians injured in cross-border fire, but does not mandate that Israel provide all-encompassing medical services to civilians in the West Bank who are seeking medical attention for more routine concerns, such as child birth.