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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

Re: Is Freedom of opinion under attack?


Mr Naftalin attended a meeting & has his views about Dr
Summerfield's presentation at this particular meeting. As I have not
attended this meeting, I am not in a position to comment on Dr Summerfield
presentation or Dr Naftalin's view.

However, the question was not Dr Summerfield's presentation or the
meeting. The question raised by Mr Hudson & myself was about freedom
of opinion in UK and whether scientific societies, professional bodies or
individual professionals are under attack or not?

I wish Mr Naftalin has focused on the question & how to address
this problem rather than attacking Dr Summerfield.

CPD meetings are highly important. However in many of these CPD
meetings we may or may not share the same opinion of the presenter(s).
This does not at all mean that we have the right to devalue them.

I wonder: is freedom of opinion a basic human right for all or Dr
Summerfield is not included?

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Competing interests: No competing interests

06 November 2007
Mamdouh EL-Adl
Consultant Psychiatrist
Princess Marina Hospital, Northampton NN1 3EB