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Palestine: the assault on health and other war crimes

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:255

Israeli situation is not analogous to apartheid regime

  1. David Katz (, professor
  1. University College London, London WC1E 6BT

EDITOR—The personal view by Summerfield generated considerable correspondence.1 2 However, it has not addressed the concluding analogy of the Israeli situation with that which led to suspension of the Medical Association of South Africa (MASA) from the World Medical Association (WMA). Summerfield implies that since the boycott of South African medicine helped in the fall of apartheid, a boycott of Israeli medicine should be the objective.

The issues surrounding the MASA suspension are well known and have been revisited recently.3 The complicity of the medical profession …

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