From Israel’s Blockade to the Siege on Al Shifa Hospital: Public Health in Gaza


Occupied Thoughts by FMEP · From Israel’s Blockade to the Siege on Al Shifa Hospital: Public Health in Gaza

Recorded on November 14, 2023

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In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, FMEP’s Sarah Anne Minkin speaks with 2023 FMEP Palestinian Non-Resident Fellow Dr. Yara Asi about public health in Gaza. The conversation addresses the deficiencies in public health infrastructure due to Israel’s blockade before the current war as well as the the current total public health catastrophe, including the bombardments, displacement, collapse of hospitals, and threats to the population in the absence of food, water, fuel, and electricity.

Dr. Yara Asi is Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the School of Global Health Management and Informatics and a Visiting Scholar at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University in her capacity as Co-Director of the Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights. 

Sarah Anne Minkin, PhD, is FMEP’s Director of Programs & Partnerships.

Recent publications from Dr. Yara Asi include: 

Also see Blockade, Bombings, and Continuing Trauma: Assessing Mental Health in Gaza, an August 2023 FMEP webinar with Dr. Yasser Abu-Jamei (Gaza Community Mental Health Programme), Ghada Majadli (Physicians for Human Rights Israel), and Razzan Quran(George Washington University) in conversation with  Dr. Yara Asi(FMEP Non-resident Fellow).