Health equity in Israel Academic Article uri icon


  • In the first paper in The Lancet's Series on Health in Israel, A Mark Clarfield and colleagues 1 praised the development of health-care services before the establishment of Israel, highlighting health-care needs among Jewish immigrants while ignoring the substantial health consequences 2 of the 1948 Nakba (The Palestinian Catastrophe), when nearly 1 million Palestinians were expelled from their lands. Some were internally displaced; others became refugees who were denied basic rights. Israel missed the opportunity to create an egalitarian health-care system when the activities of Medical Services for Minorities— previously a division of the Ministry of Health—were done in collaboration with, and by the orders of, the military administration. 3 The health-care services of Palestinian citizens thus went underdeveloped for years. 3Uninsured Palestinians were only entitled to health …

publication date

  • February 1, 2018