“Incitement, Displacement, Destruction, Willful Flouting of International Law”: Israel’s Assault on Al Shifa Hospital


In this episode of Occupied Thoughts, 2023 FMEP Fellow Dr. Yara Asi joins FMEP’s Dr. Sarah Anne Minkin to discuss Israel’s March 2024 attack on Al Shifa hospital, the largest and most important medical center in Gaza, known as the heart of the healthcare system in the Gaza Strip. In addition to looking at the details of Israel’s assault on Al Shifa and the area around it, Dr. Asi discusses the destruction of Al Shifa as part of Israel’s ongoing effort to destroy the infrastructure needed to sustain any life in Gaza.

Occupied Thoughts by FMEP · “Incitement, Destruction, Willful Flouting of Int’l Law”: Israel’s Assault on Al Shifa Hospital

Resources from Dr. Yara Asi: 

How War Kills: The Overlooked Threats to Our Health, by Dr. Yara Asi, published January 2024 by Johns Hopkins Press 

Dr. Yara Asi’s Occupied Thoughts podcasts about public health in Gaza:

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Dr. Yara Asi is an 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, where she is co-director of the Palestine Program for Health and Human Rights. She is also a non-resident fellow at the Arab Center Washington DC, a 2020-2021 Fulbright U.S. scholar to the West Bank, and a 2023 Palestine fellow for the Foundation for Middle East Peace. She previously served as the U.S. fellow at Al Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. Her research focuses on global health, human rights, and development in fragile populations. Asi has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and The Nation, among other publications, and has been featured on Al Jazeera, The World, and other outlets. Her new book with Johns Hopkins University Press, How War Kills: The Overlooked Threats to Our Health, examines war as a public health crisis.

Sarah Anne MinkinPhD, is FMEP’s Director of Programs & Partnerships. She leads FMEP’s programming, works to deepen FMEP’s relationships with existing and potential grantees, and builds relationships with new partners in the philanthropic community. A graduate of Yale University, Sarah Anne earned her doctorate at the University of California-Berkeley and is an affiliated faculty member at UC-Berkeley’s Center for Right-Wing Studies.