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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

Science and morality

Science looks to explain and rationalise the human environment into
way which can be better understood by us humans. Since all humans have the
same rights science is intimately linked with morality.

People’s rights are linked with their cultural roots and places of
existence. The illegal occupation of Palestine goes against all of these
fundamental rights. In the west we are veiled from the inhumane demolition
of Palestinian settlements by a media machine. You will not hear the
screams and helpless cries of how whole Palestinian families being
murdered or entombed under the rubble of their own home whilst an Israeli
bulldozer gets to work. Nor will you hear how the Israeli government
prevents medical supplies from reaching Palestinian Hospitals.

If people really value science and the advancement of knowledge then
they should question there our selves about the acceptance of published
material from a state which terrorises its neighbours.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 August 2007
Dr. Abid Hussain
SHO Psychiatry, Birmingham
b24 9sa