HaEmek Medical Center

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Front view of the HaEmek Medical Center Campus

HaEmek Medical Center (Hebrew: מרכז רפואי העמק, Merkaz refu'i ha-Emek) is a hospital in the northern Israeli city of Afula.


HaEmek Hospital in 1948

The origins of this medical institution date back to 1924. The hospital was opened on April 29, 1930. In 1932 it was temporarily closed due to lack of funds.[1] Through the years the hospital gradually grew into one of the biggest medical facilities in Israel. Nowadays the hospital serves about 500,000 residents of the adjacent region. The hospital has about 1,900 employees.[2]

The hospital is located at an altitude of about 1500 meters southeast of Afula next to Highway No. 65.[3]

The hospital is said to be a place of Arab-Israeli co-existence, and the two peoples work closely together. [4]

In 2016, imprisoned under “administrative detention” hunger striking Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq was transferred to HaEmek Medical Center.[5] The hospital ethics committee recommended to continue forcibly treating al-Qiq, but at this point the medical team that had previously forcibly treated him, now decided to disregard the recommendation.[6]

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  1. ^ http://www.clalit.co.il/HE-IL/english/about+clalit+health+services.htm#q1
  2. ^ דף הבית
  3. ^ עמוד ענן - המדריך השיתופי לידיעת הארץ
  4. ^ [1] [2] [3]
  5. ^ Israel must end ill-treatment of hunger-striking Palestinian detainee Amnesty International, 22 January 2016.
  6. ^ Israel/OPT: Palestinian hunger-striking detainee close to death Amnesty International, 8 February 2016;
    Ben Norton: Palestinian journalist imprisoned by Israel without trial on verge of death, entering third month of hunger strike Salon, 29 January 2016;
    Noam Rotem: [Hunger striking Palestinian journalist accuses hospital of forced treatment] +972 Magazine, 24 January 2016;
    Ehab Zahriyeh: [Palestinian journalist to continue hunger strike despite risk of death] AlJazeera, 28 January 2016;
    Oren Ziv, Yael Marom: Hunger striking Palestinian journalist is dying, lawyer says +972 Magazine, 9 February 2016.

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Coordinates: 32°37′19.88″N 35°19′0.7″E / 32.6221889°N 35.316861°E / 32.6221889; 35.316861