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Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations: Safeguard the life and health of the abducted soldier

This coalition of organization calls on all groups holding the wounded soldier Gilad Shalit to adhere to the Geneva Convention which decrees responsibility to protect wounded and sick members of the armed forces and responsibility to provide adequate medical attention.

In the Chapter dedicated to sick or wounded individuals, the Convention states specifically “Any attempts upon their lives, or violence to their persons, shall be strictly prohibited; in particular, they shall not be murdered or exterminated, subjected to torture or to biological experiments; they shall not willfully be left without medical assistance and care, nor shall conditions exposing them to contagion or infection be created.”

In the Chapter dedicated to prisoners of war, the Convention states that “Prisoners of war suffering from serious disease, or whose condition necessitates special treatment, a surgical operation or hospital care, must be admitted to any military or civilian medical unit where such treatment can be given,”


  • Physicians for Human Rights-Israel
  • B'Tselem: The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories
  • The Al-Mizan Center for Human Rights in Gaza
  • HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual
  • Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP)
  • Addameer: Prisoners Support and Human Rights Organization
  • ACRI: Association for Civil Rights Israel
  • Public Commission Against Torture in Israel