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Should we consider a boycott of Israeli academic institutions? No

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:125

Is freedom of opinion under attack?

If Summerfield is truthful, this has become a question of freedom of
opinion and
I want to know the facts.

In response to Tom Hickey's paper, I replied under the heading
"bigger problem
or just rhetoric" - 24 July 2007. Has the problem of intimidation raised
its head
at the RSM? I hope not, but it is time for a full and public
investigation by the
BMA and RSM.

When Sommerfield says the "RSM became subject to pressure from some
Israel doctors to remove me from the conference programme and went so far
to threaten a challenge to the RSM constitution ...". I ask
specifically: who
called, when did they call, what did they say etc.?

If it is shown that this happened, then appropriate censure is
needed. At this
point we have not had such an investigation and I call on organized
medicine in
the UK to do so.

Let's put this matter to rest and get the facts, so nobody feels
expressing their opinion.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 October 2007
Patrick Hudson
plastic surgeon
Albuquerque, USA, 87102