The Lancet censors Gaza health letter after pro-Israel pressure

A doctor in Gaza City is using a temperature test machine to test a boy for coronavirus. (photo: Ashraf Amra / APA images)
The Lancet took down a letter on Gaza’s health crisis to avoid upsetting Israel’s supporters.

By Omar Karmi |  The Electric Intifada  |  Oct 1, 2020

But the fear is…that medical journals are now subject to indirect censorship or self-censorship on Palestine as a result of the “overall chilling effect’ of the campaign against The Lancet.
— Dr. Bram Wispelwey of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital

With a fresh spike in the number of coronavirus infections, Gaza is yet again facing the very real prospect that its healthcare system will be overwhelmed.

Gaza is not just fighting a global pandemic. Under an Israeli blockade and successive military attacks since 2007, the coastal strip is fighting one of the highest levels of poverty and unemployment in the world as well as a crumbling infrastructure, including in its health sector.

A severe shortage of medicine and medical equipment that is directly linked to the Israeli siege could, combined with the ravages of a pandemic, threaten the health service with complete collapse.

At least one of those things can be remedied fairly quickly should Israel ease or end its blockade.

But pointing that out is not as simple as it might seem, as four medical and human rights professionals from around the world have found to their dismay.

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