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Should we consider a boycott of Israeli academic institutions? Yes

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39266.495567.AD (Published 19 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:124

No foot in the door, please

The notion that an academic boycott should be mounted against a
country as an
attempt to change political policies would constitute a dangerous foot in
the
door for fascistic suppression of academic freedom and is wholly
misguided.
That it should be given legitimacy by a respected medical journal is
reprehensible. It does not take much imagination to think of a variety of
similar
rationalizations for academic boycotts of nearly anywhere, once the door
is
opened.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

27 July 2007
Mark B. Sobell
Professor
Professor Linda C. Sobell
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA33071