IDF's medical experiments brought to court

Soldiers and Doctors for Human Rights say army conducts suspect medical experiments on soldiers.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
November 1, 2007 14:47
1 minute read.
needle 88

needle 88. (photo credit: )

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For a symbolic $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Don't show it again

Thirty-four IDF soldiers petitioned the High Court of Justice on Thursday in an attempt to put an end to medical experiments the IDF conducts on soldiers. During their mandatory army service the soldiers were injected a number of times with a substance the IDF claims is an Anthrax antidote. However, they said, the IDF has thus far refused to provide the specific type of medicine used, or the dosages administered. Over 700 soldiers reportedly participated in the experiment after giving their "consent," but each soldier's unique medical condition was allegedly not accounted for by the doctors who conducted the tests, thus causing complications for some of the participants. The petitioners request that all the relevant data and documentation be released to them. Doctors for Human Rights also petitioned the High Court against the IDF, saying that in essence, it was easier for the army to conduct experiments on soldiers than on animals. The petitioners, who noted serious problems with the way the tests were conducted, want the Court to order the Defense Minister and Chief IDF medical officer to order a cessation of all further experiments until the matter is properly legislated. "This situation is highly unacceptable because the soldiers in question are part of a hierarchal system with strict discipline; hence, any consent given [by the soldiers] is suspect and extremely problematic. "While experimentation on animals requires the approval of a committee not affiliated with the army," the petition continued, "experiments on soldiers are approved within [the IDF's] medical corps.


Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN