Intended for healthcare professionals

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:

What timing?

It is amazing that the BMJ, of all journals, is posting this debate
and vilifying Israel uniquely at this time. We in the UK have just been
subjected to two attempted car bombings perpetrated by Arab doctors
practising in the UK and the government warns us there could be many more.
How many have been stopped by the security services that we do not know

Yet it is Israeli academics that are targeted by the BMJ. Is this
appeasement, are the BMJ attempting to be the modern Chamberlin?

Also to Mr Nadeem Zafar Jilani: with over 300m Arabs (and 1bn
Muslims) compared with less than 20m Jews worldwide perhaps the voting
against the boycott is because most people believe it is wrong and not
because of some conspiracy.

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

25 July 2007
Fred Johnston
Manchester Uni, M13 9PL