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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

Civilized Israeli Occupation

Some people say that this is a political rather than a scintific
debate , I believe the opposite . When the Nazi's conducted unethical
scientific expirements, the world decided not to aknowledge these
experiments nor their results because it was unethical , so science and
politics go hand by hand .
The israeli occupation is unethical, serving as an occupation army soldier
on a west bank check point preventing pregnant women and ill patients from
reaching a hospital is unethical, preventing students and tutors from
reaching their school and University is also unethical . UNfortunately
serving in the occupation Israeli army is mandatory for the Israelis, and
only few risk being imprisoned for refusing thst unethicsl servise .
By saying yes we send a strong segnal to those academics saying that we do
condemn that unethical occupation , and we urge them to do something about
it .
talking about suicide bombers and rockets in israeli cities , have you
asked yourself a question about why an 18 year old man or woman would kill
himself ?
When I used to work in Palestine I had many phonecalls from Patients
asking me how can I help as they are at the check point and refused entry
to the city and cant reach the hospital , My answer was God help you .
I recomend watching a movie called Paradise now ( Was nominated for the
OSCAR but had a strong Israeli loby against it ).

Competing interests:
Palestinian doctor who worked under occupation .

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 August 2007
nizar Shakhshir
SpR Cardiology
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