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Prioritizing Treatment of the Wounded-The Israeli Experience

A few months ago there was a lot of discussion in Israel about comments made by the Director General of Magen David Adom. Eli Bin said that

When I see my enemy wounded I no longer treat him as a terrorist, but as a human being. He has surrendered; he no longer poses a threat, so I’ll treat him.

Bin later said

I understand public sensitivities, but they won’t change our procedures. We can’t just let people bleed to death. I believe that the right thing to do is treat those who are the most seriously wounded first, regardless of their race, religion or gender. That is the MDA doctrine.

There was recently a seminar devoted to the ethical questions raised by this issue and recordings of the sessions can be found below. (Hebrew)

One Response to “Prioritizing Treatment of the Wounded-The Israeli Experience”

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    DF:

    In all fairness and on balance, Bin should not be prosecuted, but he should be fired. The “procedures” he uses are not only morally outrageous and unconscionable, but he was also just plain stupid to say so publicly. Tone deaf.

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