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Health Policy As Counter-Terrorism: Health Services And The Palestinians


  • Peter Hilsenrath


Counter-terrorism and health policies converge in the complex world of Middle East politics. Hamas, labeled a terrorist organization by Israel, the United States and Europe, is also a major participant in the health sector of the Gaza Strip and West Bank. Hamas gains important legitimacy and political support with its social services. Palestinian policies directed at these services can be part of a counter-terrorism strategy as long as violence is part of the Hamas agenda. This paper describes the Palestinian health sector using cross-sectional bivariate regressions. It then discusses the role of stronger public institutions to help thwart terrorism and promote peace and prosperity in the region.

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  • Peter Hilsenrath, 2005. "Health Policy As Counter-Terrorism: Health Services And The Palestinians," Defence and Peace Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 16(5), pages 365-374.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:defpea:v:16:y:2005:i:5:p:365-374 DOI: 10.1080/10242690500210831

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    1. Friedrich Schneider & Tilman Brück & Daniel Meierrieks, 2010. "The Economics of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism: A Survey (Part I)," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 1049, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
    2. Karen Pittel & Dirk Rübbelke, 2011. "Characteristics of Terrorism," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Economics of Conflict, chapter 7 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    3. Ekkart Zimmermann, 2009. "Formen des politischen Terrorismus: ein Plädoyer für eine Differentialdiagnose," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 78(4), pages 11-28.
    4. Hilsenrath Peter E & Singh Karan P, 2007. "Palestinian Health Institutions: Finding a Way Forward after the Second Intifada," Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 13(1), pages 1-15, December.


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