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[Correspondence] Health equity in Israel

In the first paper in The Lancet’s Series on Health in Israel, A Mark Clarfield and colleagues1 praised the development of health-care services before the establishment of Israel, highlighting health-care needs among Jewish immigrants while ignoring the substantial health consequences2 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.

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