MAP is committed to challenging policies and practices that impact the health of Palestinians living under occupation and as refugees. In doing so, we often join with other international aid agencies to produce key publications and reports.

Health Under Occupation: Chapter Four

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) has released the fourth in our series of briefings investigating the impact of 50 years of Israel’s military occupation on the health and dignity of Palestinians.

As the occupying power, Israel is obligated under international law to respect the Palestinian people’s rights to self-determination and development.

This latest chapter exposes how Israel’s practices and policies are violating these rights and obstructing the development of the health sector in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) (Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem).

To read the briefing paper, click here.


Health Under Occupation: Chapter Three
Mental Health and Quality of Life

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) has released the third in our series of briefings investigating the impact of 50 years of Israel’s military occupation on the health and dignity of Palestinians. 

This third chapter exposes how the political and social conditions endured by Palestinians – including breaches of international humanitarian and human rights law – undermine psychological wellbeing and cause unnecessary trauma and suffering.

These conditions can be particularly damaging to the mental wellbeing of children, particularly those exposed to frequent violent conflict in Gaza, or arrested and detained by the Israeli military in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

To read the briefing paper, click here.

Health Under Occupation: Chapter Two
Protection for Healthcare

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) has released the second in our series of briefings, Health Under Occupation. 

This second chapter exposes how Palestinian medical facilities and personnel have been placed in harm’s way during repeated Israeli military offensives on Gaza and periods of heightened violence in the West Bank.  

Our briefing highlights a failure to ensure credible investigation, accountability, or redress for attacks on healthcare in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt). The UN Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict has stated that Israel has a “lamentable” record in holding wrongdoers to account. This impunity in turn contributes to the likelihood of further serious violations of international humanitarian law in the oPt and worldwide.

To read the briefing paper, click here.

Health Under Occupation: Chapter One
Access To Healthcare

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP) and Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHRI) have co-launched the first in a series of briefings exploring how Israel’s occupation affects the health and dignity of Palestinians.

This first chapter exposes how barriers to freedom of movement imposed by Israel are preventing some Palestinian patients from being able to access centres of vital care. These barriers include the bureaucratic control of movement imposed by Israel’s permit regime, and physical barriers of the network of checkpoints which control access into and out of Gaza, the west Bank and East Jerusalem.

The briefing calls on governments like the UK to place pressure on the Government of Israel to remove obstacles to the right to movement which undermine healthcare.

To read the briefing paper, click here.

'If I die, bury me in Palestine': How the world is failing Palestinian refugees from Syria

Based on first-hand research and interviews with refugees fleeing the conflict, this report demonstrates the horrific conditions faced by Palestinian refugees from Syria both in Syria and in camps in surrounding countries. A lack of access to services and protection makes many of these refugees vulnerable, and they are marginalised from programmes for support and temporary resettlement established by the UK and other countries.

The report urges the international community to ensure support for refugees from Syria and living in camps across the region is provided equally, based on need not nationality.

Sign the petition and call for protection for Palestinian refugees from Syria


Britain and Palestine: A Parliamentary Focus 2010-2015

The 2010-2015 parliamentary term saw considerable challenges for Palestinians, including two military operations in Gaza, the escalating conflict in Syria, and the continued expansion of illegal settlements in the West Bank. 

This latest report, written with our partner the Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu), charts UK Parliament's engagement with issues facing Palestinians during this term, including conflict, occupation and displacement, and how these have continued to be a foreign policy priority for the UK Parliament. 

No More Impunity: Gaza's Health Sector Under Attack

During the 2014 attacks on Gaza, 17 hospitals, 56 primary healthcare facilities and 45 ambulances were damaged or destroyed by Israeli strikes. Furthermore, 511 of the 2,217 Palestinians killed died without ever receiving medical assistance, due to obstruction of ambulances trying to reach the wounded or carry them to hospitals.

This report, written in partnership with the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, and Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR), highlights the devastating attacks on Gaza’s medical facilities and personnel, and obstruction of medical access, which occurred during the 2014 military offensive on Gaza.