Letters On criticising Israel

Commentator’s reply

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1077 (Published 17 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1077
  1. Jonathan Freedland, columnist1
  1. 1Guardian, London N1 9GU
  1. freedland{at}guardian.co.uk

    Summerfield suggests that, by relying on data from the Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, I am “at risk of uncritically recycling figures that promote self-exculpating IDF mantras.”1 After all, he asserts, “B’Tselem must depend in part on what the IDF tells them.”

    This is a serious charge to level at an organisation that has won international praise for its fearless monitoring of the Israeli occupation. Fortunately, it …

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