Grassroots medical peace building: Training Palestinian physicians in Israel

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Based on new scholarship on the importance of health in times of conflict, this paper examines the training of Palestinian physicians in Israel from the 1990s to 2010 as a test case for the theory. It shows that although Israeli governments have adopted a passive policy towards such training, and the Palestinian Authority is officially against such cooperation; in practice, individuals and hospitals on both sides work at the grassroots level with the aid of several NGOs to increase cooperation. Thus, grassroots activities are leading to better cooperation between Jewish and Palestinian health professionals, improving Palestinian health capabilities and establishing a bridgehead for better professional cooperation when a peace settlement is achieved. Health, like other social areas, is part of the explanation why the conflict remains stable and how mutual beneficial cooperation has planted the seeds for future cooperation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-212
Number of pages23
JournalMedicine, Conflict and Survival
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Israel-Palestinian
  • conflict resolution
  • health
  • medical peace building


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