Medical ethics, the Israeli Medical Association, and the state of the World Medical Association

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7423.1107-b (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1107

Author's response to allegation and to BMA

  1. Derek Summerfield, honorary senior lecturer (derek.summerfield@slam.nhs.uk)
  1. Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London SE5 8AP

    EDITOR–I do not misrepresent Blachar: he was uncompromising in his rejection of a Lancet editorial last year documenting widespread violations against civilians, including health personnel on duty during the Israeli army invasion of the West Bank.1 Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) Israel describes an “appalling deterioration” in the attitude of the Israel military towards Palestinian health and rescue services and Blachar dismisses them as “political.” When he says that civilian deaths are “unintentional” and arise because “terrorists take cover in civilian areas” he is recycling the mantra of the political and military establishment. When a rocket is fired at an apartment block to assassinate someone living there, are the inevitable …

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