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Hospitals are criticised for yielding to pressure over human rights lecture

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4901 (Published 17 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4901
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    Two hospitals in northwest England have been criticised for cancelling lectures on human rights after a campaign by a Zionist organisation to stop them taking place. The lectures were due to be given by a speaker from the Israeli charity Physicians for Human Rights-Israel.

    The Zionist Central Council of Greater Manchester posted on its website an “urgent call to stop anti-Israel meeting at Manchester Royal Infirmary and Fairfield Hospital.”

    A talk entitled “The right to health in a conflict zone” by Miri Weingarten, advocacy director for Physicians for Human Rights-Israel, was cancelled four hours before it was due to start on 22 October at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, but people who turned up to hear it …

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