Statement on 2014 Gaza Attacks

The British Islamic Medical Association [1] condemns the attacks on medical facilities and personnel in the Gaza strip. We deplore the killing of patients and staff, and the targeting of ambulances on duty [2]. We urge the British medical community to join us in solidarity.
Innocent civilians in Palestine are bearing the brunt of Israeli aggression with loss of life, limb, livelihood, home, and dignity. Medical supplies are needlessly held at border crossings [3], pharmacy and food stocks are dwindling, basic hygiene is lacking.We welcome and endorse the open letter by eminent medical and humanitarian colleagues in the Lancet [4], calling for an immediate ceasefire and appeal for action. We commend the authors and signatories for upholding our professional ethics and standards in the face of adversity, and applaud their courage.

We are working with British based charities to raise awareness and funds for medical supplies, and encourage all our members to lobby their respective medical. media and political representatives for a more robust response [5].

Notes
[1] The British Islamic Medical Association is the only democratic, independent, not-for-profit, grassroots organisation for Muslim doctors and dentists in the UK. For more information please visit: www.BritishIMA.org or email [email protected][2] Independentwww.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/israelgaza-conflict-tanks-shell-gaza-hospital-killing-four-and-wounding-30-medical-staff-as-seven-more-israeli-soldiers-die-9619055.html

[3] UNwww.irinnews.org/report/100344/gaza-running-out-of-medical-supplies-as-israeli-bombing-continues

[4] Please sign the open letter here: www.thelancet.com/gaza-letter-2014

[5] Write to the BMA[email protected]; the BBC:www.bbc.co.uk/complaints; your MPwww.writetothem.com

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