Israeli defence forces under fire for abuses during Gaza War
Independent investigators commissioned by Physicians for Human Rights-Israel have concluded last year’s war in Gaza involved “several serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law”
Having a laugh at euthanasia
A new Israeli film attempts to offer a humorous look at euthanasia.
War in Gaza prompts war in The Lancet
The war between Hamas in Gaza and Israel has been treated very gingerly by most of the major medical journals. Except The Lancet.
Israel debates assisted suicide
A ministerial committee has approved a bill which would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to Israeli citizens with less than six months to live.
Israel’s medical association condemns new force-feeding bill
The Israel Medical Association has announced its opposition to new bill that would legalize the force-feeding of Palestinian prisoners. The bill, currently before the Knesset, has been drafted in response the widespread hunger strikes of Palestinian administrative prisoners. The chairman of the medical association said the bill violated the principle of non-malificence. Another member said that the bill would degrade prisoners to a status below other animals.
Campaign for ‘fertility equality’ begins in Israel
On Wednesday Israeli Health minister Yael German announced her plans to liberalize her country’s fertility law. Amongst her sweeping reforms, German wants to allow same-sex couples to become parents with the help of an Israeli surrogate mother.
Convicted paedophile gets child from surrogate mother in India
A convicted Israeli paedophile adopted a 4-year-old girl from a surrogate mother in India, the Jewish Chronicle has reported.
Israeli sperm donor wants his stuff back
A fascinating case is unfolding in Israel pitting a anonymous sperm donor against a woman who demands his sperm.
Israel halts underhanded contraceptive injections for Ethiopian migrants
Years of rumours that Ethiopian women were pressured into having contraceptive injections by Israeli officials have finally been confirmed.
Palestinian boy born from sperm smuggled out of Israeli prison
The wife of a Palestinian prisoner held in an Israeli jail has given birth to his son, even though she has not seen him for 15 years. Ammar Ziban, 37, smuggled his sperm to an IVF clinic in the West Bank where his wife Dalal was artificially inseminated.
Call for Israel to change surrogacy laws
An Israeli Health Ministry committee has made some radical recommendations about fertility and birth policies last week, including allowing gay men to use a surrogate mother to conceive a child.
How long should women persevere with IVF?
In Israel women with up to two children can receive unlimited free, government-funded IVF treatment. This means that it is an ideal place to test the effectiveness of IVF in increasing fertility. Unfortunately, according to the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, this policy has failed. Instead, it has just hooked some women on endless painful and humiliating IVF treatment.
Israeli mothers no longer have to adopt babies born via surrogate
A Tel Aviv family court set a legal precedent this week when it ruled that a woman whose eggs were used in a surrogate birth is the child’s legal mother. Until now, legal ambiguities forced women who used gestational surrogates to adopt their own children.
Israeli woman wants own baby to be recognised as triplet of twins born to surrogate
An Israeli woman is appealing to the National Insurance Institute to recognise a baby she gave birth to, along with twins born via surrogate mother, as triplets, in an attempt to gain the sizeable benefits granted to mothers of triplets.
Report slams Israeli doctors’ complicity in torture
Some Israeli doctors have cooperated in the torture and mistreatment of prisoners, according to a report by two human rights organisations, Physicians for Human Rights Israel and the Public Committee against Torture in Israel. Their claims are based on more than 100 cases of ill treatment of Palestinian detainees since 2007.
Israeli children who sue for being born
Israeli children with birth defects increasingly sue medical authorities for allowing them to be born.
World first as Israel court allows egg extraction from deceased woman
An Israeli court has allowed the parents of a dead 17-year-old woman to remove her eggs for future use.
Surrogate motherhood not only for barren parents: Israeli court
The number of children a couple already has is not a sufficient reason to reject a surrogate motherhood application, Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled this week.
Israel leads the world in IVF
The Assuta Hospital in Tel Aviv is one of the busiest IVF clinics in the world, with 7,000 cycles each year.
Israeli feminists slate surrogacy
The Israeli feminist group Isha L’Isha has published a harshly critical report on surrogate motherhood.
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