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Should we consider a boycott of Israeli academic institutions? No

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 19 May 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2680

In a Head to Head debate published in July 2007 arguing against a boycott of Israeli academic institutions (BMJ 2007;335:125, doi:10.1136/bmj.39266.509016.AD),1 Professor Michael Baum stated that it was “a lie” to suggest that the Israeli Medical Association (IMA) is complicit in the ill treatment of prisoners . Although not mentioned in the debate by name, Dr Derek Summerfield has complained that this allegation refers to him because the statement in question referenced a letter from Dr Yoram Blachar,2 then president of the IMA, in response to a letter from Dr Summerfield.3

We have sought clarification from Professor Baum, who states that he did not mean to imply that Dr Summerfield does not honestly believe that the IMA is complicit in such treatment. Professor Baum believes that Dr Summerfield is as sincere in his beliefs as he is in his own. We are happy to clarify the position, as requested by Dr Summerfield and Professor Baum.


Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2680


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