Palestine and the Right to Health



Sint-Gillis, 1060


Bombings and military attacks are destroying tens of thousands of lives in Gaza. But lack of medical equipment, famine and the spread of diseases also risk many deaths among Palestinians in Gaza. Although international law dictates that hospitals are not military targets, the Israeli army structurally attacks health facilities and medical personnel are detained without cause. During this evening, we will discuss what the right to health means for Palestinians.

We will not only talk about the situation of healthcare and the working conditions of medical staff in Gaza at the moment, but also about the state of healthcare before 7 October in Gaza, the West Bank and for the many Palestinian refugees. What is the impact of occupation, repression and apartheid on the health system in Palestine? And what can we do to support the right to health for the Palestinian people?

Speakers will be announced soon on our Facebook event. The panel discussion will be in English. You can indicate on the form if you need translation.

There will be a bar and we will provide some small snacks. There will also be cardboard and paint to paint your own slogan for Palestine.


Program :

▶︎ 19.00 Welcome

▶︎ 19.30 Start panel discussion                                               

▶︎ 21.00 Afterthoughts and bar


▶︎ 𝗙𝗮𝘄𝘇𝗶 𝗪𝗮𝗵𝗶𝗱𝗶 – 𝗔𝗪𝗗𝗔 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗔𝘀𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗶𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 :
Fawzi lives in Gaza city and is a member of the General Assembly of AWDA, partner organization of Viva Salud in Palestine. Fawzi is also a civil society activist. He came to Belgium to visit his kids and has been stuck since the 7th of October. AWDA runs six medical centers and two hospital in Gaza. Alongside healthcare, AWDA also runs community programmes. Despite the bommings and military attacks, the staff of AWDA keeps doing everything in their power to provide health care in Gaza.

▶︎ 𝗛𝗲𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗩𝗲𝗿𝗰𝗿𝘂𝘆𝘀𝘀𝗲 – 𝗕𝗶𝘀𝗮𝗻 International 𝗖𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 :
Heide Vercruysse lived in Palestine for 6 months where she worked at Bisan Center for Research and Development, a Palestinian research organisation. Bisan is one of Viva Salud’s Palestinian partners and implements programmes in the West Bank on, among other things, accessible healthcare. Today, Heide works for Bisan sister’s organization, Bisan International Center, and represents their voice and that of the broader Palestinian civil society in Brussels.

▶︎ 𝗙𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮 𝗕𝗲𝗻 𝗖𝗵𝗲𝗸𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻 – 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗕𝗼𝘆𝗰𝗼𝘁𝘁, 𝗗𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝗦𝗮𝗻𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 (𝗕𝗗𝗦) 𝗺𝗼𝘃𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 :
She is the Europe coordinator for the BDS national Committee. The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement is the Palestinian-led anti-racist and non violent movement for freedom, justice and equality. Inspired by decade of popular resistance in Palestine, the South African anti-apartheid movement or the US Civic Righst movement, the BDS call urges actions to pressure Israel until comply with international law.