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Feature Head to head

Should we consider a boycott of Israeli academic institutions? Yes

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:124

Bravo BMJ

I was delighted that the BMJ was prepared to put the issue of
academic freedom under debate in this weeks head to head about boycotting
Israeli Universities. One would have naively thought that the clearly
expressed and oft repeated mission of the BMJ in favour of such freedom
might have deterred them from debating such an obvious issue. However the
BMJ was, once again able to ignore its own principles to ensure that had
the pervasive prejudice of an academic arguing that one particular nation
should be denied such basic right.

I cannot wait for further topics in the new look “ethics” of head to
head debates . May I suggest some controversial topics such as “female
circumcision- an attack on traditional values” ; “Hiv/Aids- a sexually
transmitted virus or a punishment from heaven” “Amputations and
beheadings – the medical benefits of Sharia Law”

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

27 July 2007
Michael J Ingram
General Practitioner