Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:

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

Rapid Response:

Education not boycott

Conflicts are ended by education not by boycott.

Perhaps the BMA if it truly wishes to promote peace in the middle
east would be better to host a "doctors forum for the promotion of peace
through mutual education". All would be invited to inform and at the same
time listen to the other and promote joint initiatives aimed at bringing
health and peace.

I for one would join.

Perhaps those who really want peace and respect for ALL would also
join. We would all need to be humble and open minded enough to find ways
of promoting peace rather than attacking the other side.

Competing interests:
Jewish and a Zionist.
If wishing for peace in the Middle East and for respect for all is a "conflict of Interest" I declare it.

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 July 2007
Dr Charles Daniels
Macmillan Consultant in Palliative Medicine,
Northwick Park and St Marks Hospitals HA1