Fertility treatments under semi/occupation: The case of East Jerusalem

Keywords:

Israel, Jerusalem, Palestinian, fertility treatments, reproductive policy, IVF

D. BIRENBAUM-CARMELI, R. KOCHMAN-HAIMOV

1Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, 31905.
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hadassah University Hospital, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem.

Correspondence at: Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Studies, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel, 31905. E-mail: daphna@research.haifa.ac.il

Abstract

The state of Israel funds unlimited fertility treatment to any of its female citizens. Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, whose area has been annexed to Israel after its occupation in the 1967 War, are also entitled to these services. Whereas this occupied population indeed benefits from the state funded treatment, East Jerusalem women face particular difficulties that arise primarily from linguistic and political barriers. The difficulties are especially pronounced
when the husband is a resident of the West Bank and as such, requires a special permit to enter the city. The article depicts this mixed picture, in which medical privilege merges with political exclusion.