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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

A typical case of positive prejudice

"And we are speaking of a culture, both in Israel and in the long
history of the Jewish diaspora, in which education and scholarship are
held in high regard. That is why an academic boycott might have a
desirable political effect in Israel, an effect that might not be expected

This is a typical case of positive prejudice.The Israelis must be
punished because they are not poor barbarians (like the Arabs, Mr Hickey?
Is there a hidden negative prejudice in your statement?). Positive and
negative prejudices are the two sides of the same coin. Besides, your
proposal is as smart as the American boycott to Cuba. The blockade will
make the Cuban people put down Fidel Castro because Cubans must eat three
times a day. Indeed?!!

Competing interests:
The same as Dr. Baum.

Competing interests: No competing interests

09 August 2007
Jose M Thalenberg
M.D., Ph.D.
Federal University of São Paulo - Brazil