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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:

No to the boycott

The principle of the Universality of Science and Learning - that
academics DO NOT discriminate against colleagues on the basis of factors
that are irrelevant to their academic work (such as race, religion,
nationality, etc) is well established. To boycott academics by reason of
their country of residence breaches this principle.

The proposed boycott on Israeli academic institutions is obviously
selective, as nobody has proposed to boycott states like Sudan, Russia,
Iran, China, and more, where horrible transgressions of human rights
occur, including genocide. The selective anti-Israeli action speaks
volumes about the huge anti-Israeli bias of people like Tom Hickey.

Harsh criticism of Israeli policies is totally legitimate and is
being dome in Israel on a daily basis. But, denying the right of Israel
to exist, like some of the boycott supporters do, is definitely not.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 July 2007
Jacob Amir
retired physician
Jerusalem, Israel