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:

The Elders of Zion: en bloc vote against the boycott.

To the Editor,

The Elders of Zion: en bloc vote against the boycott.

Judging by the nature of the response to the recent e-poll, which has
put Jewish Israeli Academicians up for trial, it seems from a cursory
glance that the Elders of Zion have arisen from slumber, made a bulk
purchase of lap tops and voted en bloc against Mr. Hickey and the boycott.
Either that, or the BMJ is actually the organ of world Jewry, boasting a
97% Jewish Readership. Perhaps both.

Might I suggest that the next lesson in democracy, (spuriously aimed
at “Helping Doctors make better decisions”), address the subject and
method of the e-vote itself. Having boycotted Jewish Israeli Academics,
surely it would only be correct and appropriate to exclude them from the
voting process? Furthermore, not only voting rights but also the rights to
readership of the BMJ might be denied to the Jewish Israelis, as well as
Jews elsewhere who would be unwilling to express disallegiance with the
State of Israel.

Incidentally, after the planned boycott has gone through, what to do
with Jewish Israeli literature (printed or electronic) stemming from
Jewish research? Obviously paper books and periodicals could be easily
disposed of by burning, but disposing of the electronic stuff will need a
bit more thought.

BMJ- Wake up, get real, and take a long look in the mirror. There is
no debate here, and the views expressed by Hickey have nothing to do with
furthering the prospects of peace among people in the Middle East.
This Rhetoric is a carbon copy of 1930’s anti-Semitism, and the BMJ has
embarked upon a journey down a slippery slope traveled before.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 July 2007
Jeremy M Jacobs
Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, Geriatrics and Rehab