2015-12-23 / Mideast

New guidelines on treating terrorists

Newly issued guidelines call for paramedics at the scene of a terrorist attack to triage the wounded according to the severity of the injury, even if that means treating a terrorist first.

The guidelines, which were drafted by the Israel Medical Association’s Ethics Committee and posted on the organization’s website, are a change from previous guidelines, which called for treating victims first even if the terrorist was more severely injured. Under the new guidelines, the wounded will be triaged solely based on the extent of their injuries.

The guidelines were reexamined after a petition by Physicians for Human Rights, which said the previous guidelines constituted a gross violation of medical ethics and international humanitarian law, the Israel Hayom newspaper reported.

A spokesperson for Magen David Adom, Israel’s national emergency response organization, told JTA the group has always treated victims solely on the basis of the severity of their injures.

Nevertheless, medical professionals and politicians slammed the new guidelines, according to Israel Hayom. (JTA)

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