Securitization of public health preparedness in Israel and palestine: A challenge for public health ethics

Nadav Davidovitch, Benjamin Langer

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In the spring of 2006, when the global outbreak of avian influenza (H5N1) reached first Israel, then the Gaza Strip, and finally Jordan, already in place and ready for response were institutional connections on global, regional, and national scales. At a global scale, Israel, the Palestinian Authority (PA), and Jordan used the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2005 International Health Regulations, even though these regulations were not mandatory for signatory countries until 2007. At the regional scale, the outbreak was controlled by a collaborative effort of the three health ministries, who cooperated through an organization called the Middle Eastern Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance (MECIDS). At the national scale, after difficulty experienced by the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture (IMoA) in finding contractors to carry out the culling of infected poultry flocks, the IMoA turned to the Ministry of Defense (IMoD) for assistance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBioethics and Biopolitics in Israel
Subtitle of host publicationSocio-Legal, Political, and Empirical Analysis
EditorsHagai Boas, Yael Hashiloni-Dolev, Nadav Davidovitch, Dani Filc, Shai J. Lavi
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781316671986
ISBN (Print)9781107159846
StatePublished - Dec 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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